By Steve Reich,Paul Hillier
Writings on Music files the artistic trip of this considerate, groundbreaking composer. those sixty four brief items contain Reich's 1968 essay "Music as a gentle Process," broadly one among the main influential items of song conception within the moment 1/2 the twentieth century. next essays, articles, and interviews deal with Reich's early paintings with tape and part moving, exhibiting its improvement into newer paintings with speech melody and instrumental tune. different essays recount his publicity to non-western track -- African drumming, Balinese gamelan, Hebrew cantillation -- and the impression of those musics as constructions and never as sounds. The writings contain Reich's reactions to and appreciations of the works of his contemporaries (John Cage, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti) and older affects (Kurt Weill, Schoenberg). each one significant paintings of the composer's profession is usually explored via notes written for performances and recordings.
Paul Hillier, himself a revered determine within the early song and new song worlds, has revisited those texts, operating with the writer to elucidate their primary narrative: the cultured and highbrow improvement of an influential composer. For long-time listeners and younger musicians lately brought to his paintings, this booklet presents a chance to get to understand Reich's tune in higher intensity and perspective.
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