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Draw a Straight Line and Follow ItThe Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young$
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Jeremy Grimshaw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740208.001.0001

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The Tabula (Not So) Rasa

The Tabula (Not So) Rasa

La Monte Young’s Early Life and Early Works

(p.16) 1 The Tabula (Not So) Rasa
Draw a Straight Line and Follow It

Jeremy Grimshaw

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an account of the unlikely biographical and musical path Young travelled in his youth. It describes his sonic experiences growing up in rural southeastern Idaho, Utah, and southern California, and describes how those early experiences profoundly influenced his later work. It follows Young through his high school years, during which he became an accomplished jazz musician, and his time as a college student, which opened up a new world of musical avenues to him and exposed him to diverse Western and non-Western musical practices. Several of Young’s important early works are examined, including the Five Small Pieces for String Quartet, for Brass, for Guitar, and Trio for Strings. The Trio is also examined according to the serial principle of invariance, as a transitional work between serialism and minimalism.

Keywords:   serialism, minimalism, jazz, Trio for Strings, invariance, Idaho, Utah, California

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