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Steve Reich and Paul Hillier

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151152

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Writings on Music 1965–2000
Author(s):

Paul Hillier

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the music of Steve Reich. In his music we encounter one of the most radical renewals of musical language in recent times. Beginning in the mid-1960s with an austerely reductive minimalism, Reich gradually built up a richly nuanced yet instantly recognizable sound, which has influenced a number of contemporary and younger composers without being directly imitated. Although the core of this sound was well established by the mid-1970s, it has continued to evolve and is still in the process of change and development. The chapter then details Reich's early life.

Keywords:   Steve Reich, minimalism, music, musical language

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