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Steve Reich

 b. 1936Photo credit: Jeffrey Herman

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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: In May 2014, Ensemble Signal performs Steve Reich’s Tehillim paired with J.S. Bach’s Christ lag in Todes Banden at New York’s Miller Theatre, part of the Bach Revisited series. Also in May, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs The Four Sections under the baton of Carlos Izcaray. Later in the 2014–15 season, Ensemble Signal performs Three Tales led by Brad Lubman at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

"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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