Writings on Music, 1965-2000
A collection of the composer Steve Reich's writings on music, from his 1968 essay, "Music as a Gradual Process," which was the founding call for the development of Minimalism, to his work on non-Western music such as the Balinese and African influences that contributed to well-known compositions such as "Drumming." There are 64 articles by Reich in the collection, which culminates in an interview between Reich and Paul Hiller, well-known in his own right as a performer and leader of the experimental ensemble "Theatre of Voices".
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 165.1 x 240.8 x 27.2mm | 553.39g
- 11 Apr 2002
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 14 halftones, numerous music examples
Most valuably of all, there's a new, searching interview with Paul Hillier that probes Reich's working methods, past and present. BBC Music Magazine Having this volume as a ready reference lends invaluable insight to the works included in the Nonesuch retrospective and, perhaps just as importantly, to those that were left out ... These 65 entries comprise the closest thing we have to a full-length study of one of the most significant composers of the late-20th century. Gramophone Some of his [Reich's] most important observations (regarding both his own music and the arts in general) are delivered in a deliberately aphoristic form, as perhaps befits a former philosophy major who studied at Cornell in the wake of Wittgenstein. David Nicholls, Times Literary Supplement These 65 entries comprise the closest thing we have to a full-length study of one of the most significant composers of the late-20th century. Gramophone Throughout, Reich proves a blunt, perceptive observer of trends in art and music. Time Out New York
About Steve Reich
Steve Reich, an artist who has gained international renown over the course of a distinguished career, was recently called "America's greatest living composer" by the Village Voice. The Guardian in London has written, "There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the course of musical history, and Steve Reich is one of them." He has received Grammy awards for Different Trains (1989) and Music For 18 Musicians (1998). His most recent work is the digital video opera Three Tales (2002) done in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot exploring technology in the 20th century through the Hindenburg, the Bikini A-bomb tests and Dolly, the cloned sheep. Paul Hillier is a singer, conductor, and writer on music. Currently Director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Hillier also directs the Theatre of Voices and is principal conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. He is co-founder of the Hilliard Ensemble and author of Arvo Part.