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A style of music originating in the 20th century. It is characterised by repeated motifs, varied slightly over a long period. Also common are long notes played over these repeated sections.

Interestingly enough, John Cage's famous silent piece 4'33'' is not considered minimalist, even though it is the most repetitive and minimal song ever composed.
*music playing*

Guy #1: Hey your stereo is broken.

Guy #2: No that's a Philip Glass CD. It's minimalist music.
by HumphreyB May 03, 2006

Words related to minimalist music

4'33'' minimalism minimalist music philip glass postmodernism