There’s an interesting quote toward the end of Anne Midgette’s article about Ingram Marshall in the Times:
“Mr. Marshall has been called a postminimalist, a term he dislikes. He prefers the term postmodern, noting that although he has drawn on textures and techniques of composers like Mr. Reich, ‘what was important was not the process as much as the expressive use of it.’”
Of course, drawing on minimalist techniques for the sake of their expressiveness while not worrying too much about the techniques for their own sake is practically the definition of postminimalism. Certainly he’s out there on the neoromantic end of postminimalism along with Adams and Part, but postminimalist is a perfectly reasonable label, and postmodern is hopelessly broad. It’s a good thing his music is so good that it can speak for itself, because the poor guy is obviously in denial.
All of this reminds me that I still owe you people the next installment of my “What The Heck Is Postminimalism” series. Soon. Really. Any day now. Really.