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Drumming [1987]

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Simply put, Drumming is, along with some of Philip Glass' Einstein on the Beach, one of the most fascinating pieces of first-generation minimalism. The version recorded for Elektra/Nonesuch in 1987 ranks among Reich's masterpieces. The 60-minute continuous work features one basic rhythm pattern. Throughout four segued movements it is multiplied, played in canon on various percussion instruments. "Part I" is for four pairs of tuned bongo drums; "Part II" for three marimbas played by nine players and two singers mimicking the sound of marimbas; "Part III" for three glockenspiels, piccolo, and whistling played by Reich himself; "Part IV" for all previous instruments, ...
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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
Simply put, Drumming is, along with some of Philip Glass' Einstein on the Beach, one of the most fascinating pieces of first-generation minimalism. The version recorded for Elektra/Nonesuch in 1987 ranks among Reich's masterpieces. The 60-minute continuous work features one basic rhythm pattern. Throughout four segued movements it is multiplied, played in canon on various percussion instruments. "Part I" is for four pairs of tuned bongo drums; "Part II" for three marimbas played by nine players and two singers mimicking the sound of marimbas; "Part III" for three glockenspiels, piccolo, and whistling played by Reich himself; "Part IV" for all previous instruments, including voices. Transitions between movements are gradual, the whole piece being built on accumulation and reduction. When it is time to go to the next movement, players are slowly removed, quarter-notes replaced by rests, in order to make room for the new instruments. The piece almost comes to a complete halt at the end of "Part III," keeping only the most basic pulse before the whole process starts over, building up to the finale. On the original LP, "Part II" faded out before the end, resuming on side two so that the transition between "II" and "III" could be fully experienced. There is a sense of happiness and lightness irradiating from Drumming. It is a perfect example of the paradox of the simple and the complex, the easy and the challenging underlying minimalist music. Both cerebral and vitally tribal or ritualistic, this album is a must-have.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/1992
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597917024
  • Catalog Number: 79170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pt. I (17:30)
  2. 2 Pt. II (18:12)
  3. 3 Pt. III (11:13)
  4. 4 Pt. IV (9:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Reich Primary Artist, Drums, Human Whistle, Track Performer
Evelyn Glennie Percussion
Steve Chambers Drums
Thad Wheeler Drums, Glockenspiel, Marimbas
Russ Hartenberger Drums
Garry Kvistad Drums, Glockenspiel, Marimbas
James Preiss Drums
Gary Schall Drums, Glockenspiel, Marimbas
Phil Smith Piano
Mort Silver Piccolo
Pamela Wood Ambush Voices
Timothy Ferchen Drums
Technical Credits
Steve Reich Producer, Liner Notes
Evelyn Glennie Liner Notes
Paul Goodman Engineer
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Ralph Mace Producer
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Judith Sherman Producer
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Carin Goldberg Art Direction
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