Composer Terry Riley (center) celebrates his 50th birthday in 1985 with his muses in the Kronos Quartet (from left) David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Joan Jeanrenaud. Richard McCaffrey/Courtesy of Kronos Quartet hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

'The Most Beautiful Offerings': Terry Riley At 80

The man credited as the father of minimalism is celebrating a big birthday Wednesday. And his influence reaches well beyond classical music.

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An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead. Julien Jourdes/courtesy of Carnegie Hall Archive hide caption

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The Nashville Symphony with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero (center) during Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York on May 12, 2012. Melanie Burford/NPR hide caption

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Cellist Pablo Casals, violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Harold Bauer and conductor Walter Damrosch in 1904. Blaine Littell Collection of Walter Damrosch Memorabilia / Carnegie Hall Archives hide caption

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