Steve Reich

Stephen Michael Reich is an American composer who, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s.
Reich's style of composition influenced many composers and groups. His innovations include using tape loops to create phasing patterns, and the use of simple, audible processes to explore musical concepts. These compositions, marked by their use of repetitive figures, slow harmonic rhythm and canons, have significantly influenced contemporary music, especially in the US. Reich's work took on a darker character in the 1980s with the introduction of historical themes as well as themes from his Jewish heritage, notably Different Trains.
Writing in The Guardian, music critic Andrew Clements suggested that Reich is one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history". The American composer and critic Kyle Gann has said that Reich "may ... be considered, by general acclamation, America's greatest living composer".

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Hindenburg: A Very Impressive Thing to SeeThree Tales2:35
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Music for 18 Musicians: Section IIIAReich: Music for 18 Musicians3:55
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Drumming:, Pt. IIIWorks 1965-199511:12
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The Desert Music: Second Movement (Moderate)Phases6:59
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Music for 18 Musicians: Section IXWorks 1965-19955:23
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Explanations Come to an End SomewhereYou Are (Variations)5:24
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New York Counterpoint: II. SlowNy Counterpoint2:50
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Bikini: In the Air - 1Three Tales1:23
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Phase PatternsSteve Reich: Four Organs; Phase Patterns16:15
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Three Movements - Movement IITehillim/Three Movements3:41
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