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Steve Reich

 b. 1936Photo credit: Jeffrey Herman

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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: The 2016–2017 season sees worldwide celebrations of Steve Reich's 80th birthday, guided by performances of two new major works--Pulse and Runner. Pulse premieres at Carnegie Hall on November 1 and then travels to the London for its UK premiere given by Britten Sinfonia led by Clark Rundell. Performances by Ensemble Modern follow in Paris, Cologne, and in the ZaterdagMatinee series in Amsterdam, and by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The ensemble work Runner premieres at London's Royal Ballet on November 10, accompanied by a new ballet choreographed by Wayne McGregor. Additionally, several presenters have announced special concert series and residencies to honor Reich's anniversary, including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, Symphony Space, Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.

"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


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