Steve Reich

IDIOSYCRANCY:

Reich graduated in 1957 with a B.A. in Philosophy. His thesis was on Ludwig Wittgenstein; later he would set texts by that philosopher to music in Proverb (1995) and You Are (variations) (2006).

JOURNALIST STATEMENT:

Andrew Clements wrote for Composer of the Week, a BBC Radio publication, that “There’s a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history. Steve Reich is one of them.”

FIVE WORKS:

“It’s Gonna Rain” – magnetic tape, 1965, 17 min

“Come Out” – 1966, tapes voices, tonal patterns

“Different Trains” – 1988, string quartet, recorded speech, train noises

“Four Organs” – 1970, electronic organs and maracas

“Proverb”- 1995, musical composition of 3 sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 vibraphones, 2 electric organs, added text.

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