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File under: Minimalism

Steve Reich

Music For 18 Musicians


* 2021 stock * Steve Reich's landmark Music for 18 Musicians is perhaps Steve Reich’s most popular, if not most important, piece of music. Defining characteristics of Music for 18 Musicians piece include an ethereal, trance vibe, pulsating bass clarinets, a consistent beat, and slowly developing chord progressions unfolding over the length of approximately one hour.  Steve Reich’s genre-defining minimalist compositional tool, phasing, is demonstrated in full force here. We will dive deeper into this seminal tool and exactly how it was used in this piece of music

File under: Minimalism
Cat. number: ECM 1129
Year: 2015