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Saturday, March 18th

Steve Reich (1936-), Mallet Quartet (2009), So Percussion


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At worst, one is in motion; and at best,
Reaching no absolute, in which to rest,
One is always nearer by not keeping still.

—Thom Gunn (1929-2004), “On the Move” (fragment)

 

Wednesday, February 17th

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Steve Reich (1936-), The Desert Music (1983)
Schönberg Ensemble, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, BBC Singers, Reinbert de Leeuw (cond.), live, Amsterdam, 1987


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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Tuesday, February 16th

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Steve Reich (1936-), Six Marimbas (1986), arranged for gamelan (Iwan Gunawan)


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musical thoughts

Music is a means of rapid transportation.

—John Cage (1912-1992)

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my back pages

Years ago, at the University of Chicago Law School, I took classes from the late Antonin Scalia. He was one of the first professors I encountered, as I had him for Contracts, a first-year staple. Two-word review: Very funny.

Monday, February 15th

Need a lift?

Steve Reich (1936-), Sextet (1984-85); Third Coast Percussion with pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel, live, Vail, Colo., 2014


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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Thursday, December 24th

Feel like floating?

Steve Reich (1936-), Six Marimbas (1986); Undergraduate Recital (Colin Van de Reep, Noam Bierstone, Sandro Valiante, Mark Morton, Ben Reimer, Ben Duinker), McGill University, Montreal, 2011


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Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

—Simone Weil (1909-1943; quoted at Orange Crate Art)

Saturday, December 20th

alone

Georg Friedrich Haas (1953-), Hommage a Steve Reich (1982)
Hans Ludemann (piano), live, Germany (Cologne), 2012


Each time I listen to this, it sounds different.

Friday, December 18th

lucid, adj. translucent, pellucid, clear. E.g., Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

Steve Reich (1936-), Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76)
Ensemble Intercontemporain with Synergy Vocals, live, Paris, 2014


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the door latch
rusting scarlet . . .
winter rain

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Monday, September 1st

last night in Chicago

He played this piece, among others, at Constellation.

Steve Reich (1936-), New York Counterpoint (1985), excerpts; James Falzone (clarinet), recording, 2014

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Here’s another take.

Evan Ziporyn (clarinet), live, London, 2012

Thursday, April 4th

Feel like floating?

Steve Reich (1936-), Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76)
eighth blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, et al., live, Chicago, 2011

Monday, 9/12/11

two takes

Here’s a very different piece by Steve Reich—one I first heard, in a New York performance by Reich’s ensemble, 40 years ago. At the time, the only way he could get his music heard was to play it himself.

Steve Reich, Drumming (1971), excerpts

So Percussion, live, Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University), c. 2009

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Steve Reich (wearing cap) with members of Ensemble Modern
Live, Germany (Cologne), 2009

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More? Here. And here. And here. 

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All music theory refers to something that has already happened, but if it is taken as a prescription, or worse a manifesto, heaven help you.

Steve Reich

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