Contemporary classical music is a term often applied to orchestral or chamber music compositions written today. The sound is generally non-electronic using combinations of the instruments from the orchestra or symphony. These are pieces that work well as contemporary soundtrack and will bring a modern sound to your project. Compositions reflect the ambient, minimalist styles of composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich.
Minimal music is an aesthetic, a style, or a technique of music associated with the work of American composers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. It originated in the New York Downtown scene of the 1960s and was initially viewed as a form of experimental music called the New York Hypnotic School. As an aesthetic, it is marked by a non-narrative, non-teleological, and non-representational conception of a work in progress, and represents a new approach to the activity of listening to music by focusing on the internal processes of the music, which lack goals or motion toward those goals.
Prominent features of the technique include consonant harmony, steady pulse (if not immobile drones), stasis or gradual transformation, and often reiteration of musical phrases or smaller units such as figures, motifs, and cells. It may include features such as additive process and phase shifting which leads to what has been termed phase music. Minimal compositions that rely heavily on process techniques that follow strict rules are usually described using the term process music.
The movement originally involved dozens of composers, although only five (Young, Riley, Reich, Glass, and later John Adams) emerged to become publicly associated with American minimal music. In Europe, the music of Louis Andriessen, Karel Goeyvaerts, Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Steve Martland, Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt and John Tavener exhibits minimalist traits.
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|Mint Green||This beautiful ambient piano track has over 5 million Pandora plays. It features a sublime piano performance by composer Andrew Shapiro. A reflective and very beautiful piano composition, Mint Green creates a...||
|Quiet Kissing (Solo Piano)||An intimate, delicate solo piano piece that sets a romantic mood. Sparse, reflective and mellow. Can also evoke a sense of solitude, being alone, melancholia. [Stock Music Library - Filmmaking, Videography, Documentary,...||
|Thirteen (Piano Version)||This beautiful solo piano piece recalls the Minimalist film music of Philip Glass. Thoughtful, yearning, this track evokes memories, photographs, reflection, a past love. This style of soundtrack works well with slowly...||
|Piano Duet No. 3||A beautiful piano piece that evokes the minimalist film scores of Philip Glass. There is a sense of romance, contemplation, dreaming with, perhaps, a touch of melancholy. Great for intimate scenes and in documentaries with...||
|Piano Selection One||A solo piano piece similar to the film music of Philip Glass. This track is steeped in the slowly evolving textures of the Minimalist style. It evokes slow motion or repetitive actions, fleeting images, memories, sky,...||
|Orange 1||An understated wash of color, this minimalist track is great for slow-motion footage, close-up photography, anywhere where you are taking time with the subject. Also motion and repetitive movement can be underscored...||
|Orange 2||An understated wash of color, this track is great for slowly evolving footage, close-up photography, anywhere where you are taking time and examining the subject matter. Also motion and repetitive movement can be...||
|Orange 3||A quietly evolving track, this minimalist texture is great for slow-motion footage, close-up photography or when you’re in close examining the subject matter. Also motion and repetitive movement can be...||
|Violin Sonata - The High Line at Morning||This song reflects back on the past while managing to create a modern soundtrack sound. Images of turn-of-the-century America come to mind. Immigrants, the new land, old New York. There is a feeling of Thanksgiving,...||
|Violin Sonata - The High Line at Night||A lyrical, romantic piece evoking the wonders of the world. Humanity, Beauty, Nature, Goodness, a Memory. Violin and piano are the featured instruments. [ Stock Music Library - Filmmaking, Videography, Nature...||
|Violin Sonata - The High Line at Day||This track sounds like a PBS historical documentary soundtrack. Great for still photography, historical footage, old New York, turn of the century footage. Uplifting and festive, it features Violin and Piano. [ Stock...||