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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 as a Gradual Process (1968)

Music as a Gradual Process (1968)

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(p.34) 2b Music as a Gradual Process (1968)
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Writings on Music 1965–2000
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Steve Reich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0004

This chapter presents Reich's oft-quoted and oft-translated set of observations and aphoristic statements that remain the core exposition of his aesthetic ideals as a young composer beginning to establish a reputation. It was written in New Mexico during the summer of 1968—“trying to clarify for myself what I was doing”—at the suggestion of Richard Serra's wife, sculptor Nancy Graves.

Keywords:   New Mexico, aphoristic statements, aesthetic ideals, Nancy Graves

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