Minimalism is a frustratingly incorrect term for a compositional approach that developed in the second half of the 20th century and that, in hindsight, turns out to be the most important contribution the United States has made to the field of composition. “Minimalism” is a flawed term because most of the composers associated with it — notably Steve Reich and Philip Glass — reject it.
(from Today’s Zaman)
Well, that’s one way to look at it.
Composers are the last ones to want to be reduced to a label of any kind, so I’d be reluctant to base the validity of a label on their good opinion. I find that most composers reject *any* label put on them. Everyone wants to be a special flower, right?