Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

by Steve Reich
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Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

Where do electronica artists go to seek validation when philistine rock fans complain of techno's "incessant repetition"? Lately they've been turning to San Francisco-based composer Steve Reich and his notion that seemingly "minimal" modern classical music can sound shapely, gorgeous, propulsive, and, yes, funky. With Music for 18 Musicians, composed in 1978, Reich culminated his two-decade rebellion against staid avant-garde composition. Three high-register female voices, clarinet, violin, cello, maracas, piano, and xylophone blend into each other for 70 minutes of pulsing note-modulations that are paced to correspond with the breathing patterns of the musicians themselves. The album starts spare and grows organically, repeating the same lovely theme until the composition reaches a massive, stop-action climax. Today, Reich's influence can be heard in the work of grooveriders like the Orb and Spring Heel Jack and modern classical revisionists from Stereolab to Tortoise. This version (recorded in 1996 and available separately or as part of Nonesuch's ten-CD box Works: 1965-1995) slows down the original piece, opening up the music's pores to give new and old fans a fresh perspective on one of the most compelling records of the century.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/1998
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597944822
catalogNumber: 79448
Rank: 77267

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Reich   Primary Artist,Piano,Marimbas,Track Performer
Jay Clayton   Piano,Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Glen Velez   Marimbas,Xylophone
Larry Karush   Piano,Marimbas
Rebecca Armstrong   Voices,Soprano (Vocal)
Marion Beckenstein   Soprano (Vocal)
Bob Becker   Marimbas,Xylophone
Virgil Blackwell   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Steve Chambers   Piano
Richard Cohen   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Shem Guibbory   Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Edmund Niemann   Piano
Nurit Tilles   Piano
David Van Tieghem   Piano,Marimbas,Xylophone
Evan Ziporyn   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Elizabeth Lim   Violin
Cheryl Bensman Rowe   Soprano (Vocal)
Thad Wheeler   Maracas,Marimbas
Elizabeth Arnold   Voices
Pamela Fraley   Voices
Russ Hartenberger   Marimbas,Xylophone
Garry Kvistad   Piano,Marimbas,Xylophone
James Preiss   Piano,Metaphone,Vibes
Gary Schall   Maracas,Marimbas
Ensemble Modern   Track Performer
Benjamin Kobler   Piano
Ken Ishii   Cello
Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble   Ensemble
Timothy Ferchen   Marimbas,Xylophone
Leslie Scott   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Phillip Bush   Piano,Maracas

Technical Credits

Steve Reich   Composer,Liner Notes
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
John Kilgore   Engineer
Judith Sherman   Producer
K. Robert Schwarz   Liner Notes
Konstanze Streese   translation,Liner Note Translation
Juris Traductor   Liner Note Translation
Dominique Darbois-Clous   Liner Note Translation

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Reich: Music for 18 Musicians 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is considered the masterpiece of the deeply influential contemporary composer Steve Reich. I recommend it only for those with a thing for hardcore contemporary music or have previous knowledge of Steve Reich, as it is highly repetitive.