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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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Two Questions about Opera (1999)

Two Questions about Opera (1999)

62 Two Questions about Opera (1999)
Writings on Music 1965–2000

Steve Reich

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Reich's response to two questions about opera: Why should composers still write operas today? How will the form evolve in the twenty-first century, and will it survive? He says that when composers want to take something that seizes their attention from the world around them and bring it into their music, the result is usually opera or a more recent form of music theater. He further says that the only way music theater will remain of interest is if its form is constantly changing to honestly reflect its time and place. While there may be reasons to summon up an earlier form, in most cases the composer will consciously or unconsciously reflect his or her time and place.

Keywords:   time, place, opera, music theater

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