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  • Main Title The Aesthetics of Minimalist Music and a Schenkerian-Oriented Analysis of the First Movement "Opening" of Philip Glass' Glassworks


  • Author: Wu, Chia-Ying
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Schwarz, David
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Slottow, Stephen
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Sovik, Thomas Paul
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2009-05
  • Digitized: 2009-10-07


  • English


  • Content Description: Philip Glass' Glassworks (1981) is a six-movement composition for two flutes, two soprano saxophones/clarinets, two tenor saxophones/bass clarinets, two French horns, violas, cellos, and the DX7 electric piano. Glassworks consists of six movements titled "Opening," "Floe," "Island," "Rubric," "Facades," and "Closing." This thesis covers the first movement "Opening." Repetition in musical minimalism confronts traditional prescriptive codes of tonal music and post-tonal music. While challenging the traditional codes, repetition in musical minimalism established new codes for listening to minimal music. This thesis explores the implications of these ideas.


  • Keyword: Phillip Glass
  • Keyword: Schenkerian analysis
  • Keyword: harmonic loop
  • Keyword: minimalist music
  • Keyword: Glassworks
  • Keyword: minimalism
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Glass, Philip. Glassworks. Opening.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Minimal music -- History and criticism.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Schenkerian analysis.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Wu, Chia-Ying
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 502141958
  • UNT Catalog No.: b3813643
  • Call Number: MT145.G57 W8 2009
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc10975


  • Degree Name: Master of Music
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Music Theory
  • Academic Department: College of Music
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas