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By Steve Reich

Within the mid-1960s, Steve Reich appreciably renewed the musical panorama with a back-to-basics sound that got here to be known as Minimalism. those early works, characterised by means of a continuing pulse and static concord, centred single-mindedly at the technique of sluggish rhythmic swap. all through his occupation, Reich has endured to reinvigorate the song international, drawing from a wide range of classical, renowned, sacred, and non-western idioms. His works replicate the regular evolution of an unique musical mind.

Writings on Music files the inventive trip of this considerate, groundbreaking composer. those sixty four brief items comprise Reich's 1968 essay "Music as a steady Process," generally one of the main influential items of song idea within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century. next essays, articles, and interviews deal with Reich's early paintings with tape and part moving, exhibiting its improvement into more moderen paintings with speech melody and instrumental song. different essays recount his publicity to non-western song -- African drumming, Balinese gamelan, Hebrew cantillation -- and the impression of those musics as buildings and never as sounds. The writings contain Reich's reactions to and appreciations of the works of his contemporaries (John Cage, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti) and older impacts (Kurt Weill, Schoenberg). each one significant paintings of the composer's profession is additionally explored via notes written for performances and recordings.

Paul Hillier, himself a revered determine within the early song and new song worlds, has revisited those texts, operating with the writer to elucidate their valuable narrative: the cultured and highbrow improvement of an influential composer. For long-time listeners and younger musicians lately brought to his paintings, this booklet offers a chance to get to understand Reich's track in better intensity and perspective.

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