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Rethinking Reich$
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Sumanth Gopinath and Pwyll ap Siôn

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190605285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190605285.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Reich in Context

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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Rethinking Reich
Author(s):

Sumanth Gopinath

Pwyll ap Siôn

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190605285.003.0001

This introduction starts off by situating the music of Steve Reich both in relation to popular culture (film, contemporary fiction, and popular music) and as the subject of serious musicological study. An overview of the ever-changing landscape of Reich scholarship is then provided—from formal analyses to approaches that seek to view the composer’s music through the prism of the “new musicology.” The introduction concludes by arguing that the gap between discourse and practice is sometimes extensive. Reich’s own reflections can at times obfuscate more complex realities that lie under the surface. In encompassing sketch studies, discourse analysis and reception history, hermeneutic investigations, intertextual studies, historical timelines and contexts, harmonic and formal analysis, philosophical and religious ruminations, and deep archival digging, this volume draws on a wide range of perspectives that contribute a wealth of knowledge and learning that complements Reich’s own writings.

Keywords:   Steve Reich, A Home at the End of the World, Reich’s long 1980s, new musicology, Skins television drama, sexual identity, The Hunger Games, temporality, modalities of mourning, Paul Sacher Foundation

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