Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich was recently called "…the most original musical thinker of our time" (New Yorker) and "…among the great composers of the century" (New York Times) * His instantly recognizable musical language combines rigorous structures with propulsive rhythms and seductive instrumental colour * Many choreographers have used his scores, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jiri Kylian and Jerome Robbins * Exclusive recording contract with Nonesuch, on which label Different Trains earned him one Grammy™ for Best Contemporary Composition and Music for 18 Musicians a second * His "documentary video opera" works The Cave and Three Tales (in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot) have expanded the boundaries of the operatic medium.
Works by Steve Reich include:
Double Sextet (2007) for ensemble
Music for Eighteen Musicians (1974–76) for voices and ensemble
City Life (1995) for ensemble
Triple Quartet (1998) for string quartet with pre-recorded tape, or string ensemble, or string orchestra
Looking Ahead: This November, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Susanna Mälkki will give the world premiere of Reich's new work Music for Ensemble and Orchestra as part of the orchestra's centennial season programming. The work will travel to London for its UK premiere with the London Symphony Orchestra on November 29.
Also in November, Long Beach Opera stages Three Tales, Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's video opera that explores the implications of technology on our world, from early air transport and world wars to the current ethical debate about the future of our species.
"There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them." —The Guardian