Reich: Music for 18 Musiciansby Steve Reich
After Reich's initial experiments with phase music, he moved on to exploring pulse -- music that had no relation to melody, but would repeat phrases of either one or several notes, increasing then decreasing in volume as long as the musician had the stamina. When repeated with several musicians playing around one key and starting them off at different times, the result was a piece that continuously evolved, sounding like a night drive through a neon city with bright sounds appearing on the horizon, coming closer, then disappearing behind. The original recording in 1978 on ECM records was a major step forward for Reich and legitimized his music beyond the experimentation of such works as "Violin Phase." Where the phase work felt insular and looped, Music for 18 Musicians stretches as far as the eye can see. The piece was rerecorded in the late '90s, but this original recording is worth checking out, even more now for the historical value.
- Release Date:
- Ecm Records
- Music for 18 Musicians, for 4 female voices & 16 instruments - Steve Reich - Bob Becker - Bob Becker - Steve Reich - Steve Reich - Rebecca Armstrong - Elizabeth Arnold - Paula Bisacca - Virgil Blackwell - Virgil Blackwell - Steve Chambers - Jay Clayton - Jay Clayton - Richard Cohen - Richard Cohen - Pamela Fraley - Shem Guibbory - Russ Hartenberger - Russ Hartenberger - Ken Ishii - Larry Karush - Larry Karush - James Preiss - James Preiss - Gary Schall - Gary Schall - David Van Tieghem - David Van Tieghem - David Van Tieghem - Nurit Tilles - Glen Velez - Glen Velez
Performance CreditsSteve Reich Primary Artist
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