Happy Birthday Gavin Bryars

Steven Hale
2 min readJan 16, 2021

Subversive post-minimalist composer.

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English classical composer, double bass player, b. 1/16/1943.

If Gavin Bryars is a “post-minimalist” composer, is he a maximalist? Categorizing modern music is a fool’s errand, certainly with a complex figure like Bryars. He’s capable of writing lush, orchestral textures, and he’s equally comfortable undermining lush, orchestral textures.

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Steven Hale

Music: Discovering the lost and forgotten. Politics: Exposing injustice. Screenwriting: Emotional storytelling.