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Steve Reich Ensemble|Music For 18 Musicians

Music For 18 Musicians

Steve Reich Ensemble

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If Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is simply described in terms of its materials and organization -- 11 chords followed by 11 pieces built on those chords -- then it might seem utterly dry and monotonous. The actual music, though, is far from lackluster. When this recording was released in 1978, the impact on the new music scene was immediate and overwhelming. Anyone who saw potential in minimalism and had hoped for a major breakthrough piece found it here. The beauty of its pulsing added-note harmonies and the sustained power and precision of the performance were the music's salient features; and instead of the sterile, electronic sound usually associated with minimalism, the music's warm resonance was a welcome change. Yet repeated listening brought out a subtle and important shift in Reich's conception: the patterns were no longer static repetitions moving in and out of phase with each other, but were now flexible units that grew organically and changed incrementally over the course of the work. This discovery indicated a promising new direction for Reich, one that put him ahead of his peers by giving his music greater interest and adaptability and led to the more elaborate works of the next two decades.
© Blair Sanderson /TiVo

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Music for 18 musicians (Steve Reich)

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Music For 18 Musicians
Steve Reich
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Glen Velez, Xylophone, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Tieghem, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Cohen, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Clayton, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Reich, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Blackwell, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Ishii, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Becker, Marimba, AssociatedPerformer - James Preiss, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Nurit Tilles, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Hartenberger, Marimba, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Chambers, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Karush, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Arnold, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Schall, Marimba, AssociatedPerformer - Shem Guibbory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Reich Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Klaus Hiemann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Armstrong, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Pamela Fraley, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Rudolph Werner, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

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If Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is simply described in terms of its materials and organization -- 11 chords followed by 11 pieces built on those chords -- then it might seem utterly dry and monotonous. The actual music, though, is far from lackluster. When this recording was released in 1978, the impact on the new music scene was immediate and overwhelming. Anyone who saw potential in minimalism and had hoped for a major breakthrough piece found it here. The beauty of its pulsing added-note harmonies and the sustained power and precision of the performance were the music's salient features; and instead of the sterile, electronic sound usually associated with minimalism, the music's warm resonance was a welcome change. Yet repeated listening brought out a subtle and important shift in Reich's conception: the patterns were no longer static repetitions moving in and out of phase with each other, but were now flexible units that grew organically and changed incrementally over the course of the work. This discovery indicated a promising new direction for Reich, one that put him ahead of his peers by giving his music greater interest and adaptability and led to the more elaborate works of the next two decades.
© Blair Sanderson /TiVo

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