By Steve Reich
Within the mid-1960s, Steve Reich greatly renewed the musical panorama with a back-to-basics sound that got here to be referred to as Minimalism. those early works, characterised by way of a constant pulse and static concord, targeted single-mindedly at the technique of slow rhythmic switch. all through his occupation, Reich has persisted 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 records the artistic trip of this considerate, groundbreaking composer. those sixty four brief items contain Reich's 1968 essay "Music as a steady Process," broadly certainly one of the main influential items of tune concept within the moment 1/2 the twentieth century. next essays, articles, and interviews deal with Reich's early paintings with tape and section transferring, displaying its improvement into more moderen paintings with speech melody and instrumental tune. different essays recount his publicity to non-western music--African drumming, Balinese gamelan, Hebrew cantillation--and the impression of those musics as constructions 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 affects (Kurt Weill, Schoenberg). every one significant paintings of the composer's occupation is additionally explored via notes written for performances and recordings.
Paul Hillier, himself a revered determine within the early song and new tune worlds, has revisited those texts, operating with the writer to elucidate their crucial narrative: the cultured and highbrow improvement of an influential composer. For long-time listeners and younger musicians lately brought to his paintings, this publication offers a chance to get to understand Reich's tune in better intensity and point of view