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Writings on Music 1965–20001965-2000$
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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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Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)

Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)

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14 Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)
Source:
Writings on Music 1965–2000
Author(s):

Steve Reich

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0016

This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Music for Pieces of Wood. The piece grows out of the same roots as Clapping Music: a desire to make music with the simplest possible instruments. The claves, or cylindrical pieces of hard wood, used here were selected for their particular pitches (A, B, C♯, D♯, and D♯ an octave above), and for their resonant timbre. This piece is one of the loudest Reich has ever composed, but uses no amplification whatsoever.

Keywords:   claves, resonant timbre, wood instruments

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