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:
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
Double Sextet (2007) for ensemble
Looking Ahead: Reich/Richter, composed for a new film by painter Gerhard Richter, tours with various ensembles in Europe: The Britten Sinfonia gives the UK premiere on October 23-24 and Ensemble Intercontemporain performs it in Luxembourg November 24.
Reich’s new orchestral work, Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, also receives regional premieres: German Premiere by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic September 21, New York Premiere by the New York Philharmonic December 5-7.
So Percussion performs Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood at Carnegie Hall on December 7.
"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