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Steve Reich archive

Read Reich On Reich: A Composer And His Music WNYC

December 10, 2009 – Steve Reich introduces key pieces in a 50-year career as one of America's most innovative composers. WNYC

Listen Steve Reich Wins Music Pulitzer

April 20, 2009 – The composer's Double Sextet was written for the eclectic ensemble Eighth Blackbird.


Composer Steve Reich's Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ has a percussive motor that never stops.

Listen Steve Reich: Minimalism In The Mainstream

April 20, 2009 – Commentator Rob Kapilow takes the motor-like rhythms of minimalism out for a test drive.


Watch Steve Reich: 'Music for 18 (Cornfed) Musicians'

February 3, 2008 – From Michigan's cornfields to Manhattan, a Midwestern ensemble takes on a minimalist masterpiece.


Listen Alex Ross Listens to the 20th Century's 'Noise'

January 1, 2008 – In The Rest Is Noise, critic Alex Ross explores the richness of modern music.


Read Five Modern Classical Pieces for Pop Listeners

November 21, 2007 – Critic Alex Ross chooses five classics from the 20th century that pop-music fans should hear.

Listen Beauty Amid the Discord: Music in the 20th Century

October 12, 2007 – Alex Ross' book The Rest Is Noise chronicles classical music in the 20th century.


Listen Minimalist Jukebox: Steve Reich

February 2, 2007 – The minimalist composer and two of his major works: 'Three Movements for Orchestra' and 'Tehillim.'

Listen The Thinking Man's Minimalist at 70

October 3, 2006 – Steve Reich's music is as thick, colorful and confusing an exquisitely woven Persian carpet.

Listen New York Fetes Composer Steve Reich at 70

October 1, 2006 – The American composer's birthday is marked by a monthlong festival celebrating his work.


Listen So Percussion, Playing Pipes Bought for A Song

April 16, 2006 – The Brooklyn-based ensemble makes up instruments for from materials bought at Home Depot.


Listen Steve Reich: A Wild Compositional Ride

September 25, 2005 – A pioneer of the minimalist movement in classical music composition offers two new pieces.


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