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Steve Reich|The Desert Music

The Desert Music

Steve Reich

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This hour-long work, commissioned by West German Radio and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, marks a transitional period for Reich. Based in the rhythmic pulse of Music for 18 Musicians, he adds a text by William Carlos Williams (sung by a full chorus), uses the more traditional sounds of a full orchestra (strings and brass are suddenly prominent), and snatches of melody dot the musical canvas here and there. The use of vocals here looks forward to such projects as Different Trains and The Cave. If Reich is trying to encapsulate the grandeur of the American west without falling back on typical "Western" tropes, he does so successfully.
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1
The Desert Music: First Movement (Fast)
Steve Reich and Musicians
00:07:54

Glen Velez, Piano - Steve Reich, Composer - Bob Becker, Percussion - Donald Palma, Bass Vocals - Garry Kvistad, Percussion - Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, MainArtist - Russell Hartenberger, Percussion - Steve Reich and Musicians, MainArtist - Colorado Quartet, Ensemble - Cheryl Bensman, Soprano Vocals - Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, MainArtist - Deborah Redding, Violin - Francesca Martin, Viola - Sharon Prater, Cello

© 2005 Nonesuch Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1985 Nonesuch Records

2
The Desert Music: Second Movement (Moderate)
Steve Reich and Musicians
00:06:59

Glen Velez, Piano - Steve Reich, Composer - Bob Becker, Percussion - Donald Palma, Bass Vocals - Garry Kvistad, Percussion - Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, MainArtist - Russell Hartenberger, Percussion - Steve Reich and Musicians, MainArtist - Colorado Quartet, Ensemble - Cheryl Bensman, Soprano Vocals - Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, MainArtist - Deborah Redding, Violin - Francesca Martin, Viola - Sharon Prater, Cello

© 2005 Nonesuch Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1985 Nonesuch Records

3
The Desert Music: Third Movement Pt. One (Slow)
Steve Reich and Musicians
00:06:59

Glen Velez, Piano - Steve Reich, Composer - Bob Becker, Percussion - Donald Palma, Bass Vocals - Garry Kvistad, Percussion - Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, MainArtist - Russell Hartenberger, Percussion - Steve Reich and Musicians, MainArtist - Colorado Quartet, Ensemble - Cheryl Bensman, Soprano Vocals - Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, MainArtist - Deborah Redding, Violin - Francesca Martin, Viola - Sharon Prater, Cello

© 2005 Nonesuch Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1985 Nonesuch Records

4
The Desert Music: Third Movement Pt. Two (Moderate)
Steve Reich and Musicians
00:05:53

Glen Velez, Piano - Steve Reich, Composer - Bob Becker, Percussion - Donald Palma, Bass Vocals - Garry Kvistad, Percussion - Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, MainArtist - Russell Hartenberger, Percussion - Steve Reich and Musicians, MainArtist - Colorado Quartet, Ensemble - Cheryl Bensman, Soprano Vocals - Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, MainArtist - Deborah Redding, Violin - Francesca Martin, Viola - Sharon Prater, Cello

© 2005 Nonesuch Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1985 Nonesuch Records

5
The Desert Music: Third Movement Pt. Three (Slow)
Steve Reich and Musicians
00:05:54

Glen Velez, Piano - Steve Reich, Composer - Bob Becker, Percussion - Donald Palma, Bass Vocals - Garry Kvistad, Percussion - Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, MainArtist - Russell Hartenberger, Percussion - Steve Reich and Musicians, MainArtist - Colorado Quartet, Ensemble - Cheryl Bensman, Soprano Vocals - Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, MainArtist - Deborah Redding, Violin - Francesca Martin, Viola - Sharon Prater, Cello

© 2005 Nonesuch Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1985 Nonesuch Records

6
The Desert Music: Fourth Movement (Moderate)
Steve Reich and Musicians
00:03:35

Glen Velez, Piano - Steve Reich, Composer - Bob Becker, Percussion - Donald Palma, Bass Vocals - Garry Kvistad, Percussion - Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, MainArtist - Russell Hartenberger, Percussion - Steve Reich and Musicians, MainArtist - Colorado Quartet, Ensemble - Cheryl Bensman, Soprano Vocals - Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, MainArtist - Deborah Redding, Violin - Francesca Martin, Viola - Sharon Prater, Cello

© 2005 Nonesuch Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1985 Nonesuch Records

7
The Desert Music: Fifth Movement (Fast)
Steve Reich and Musicians
00:10:47

Glen Velez, Piano - Steve Reich, Composer - Bob Becker, Percussion - Donald Palma, Bass Vocals - Garry Kvistad, Percussion - Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor, MainArtist - Russell Hartenberger, Percussion - Steve Reich and Musicians, MainArtist - Colorado Quartet, Ensemble - Cheryl Bensman, Soprano Vocals - Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, MainArtist - Deborah Redding, Violin - Francesca Martin, Viola - Sharon Prater, Cello

© 2005 Nonesuch Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment ℗ 1985 Nonesuch Records

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This hour-long work, commissioned by West German Radio and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, marks a transitional period for Reich. Based in the rhythmic pulse of Music for 18 Musicians, he adds a text by William Carlos Williams (sung by a full chorus), uses the more traditional sounds of a full orchestra (strings and brass are suddenly prominent), and snatches of melody dot the musical canvas here and there. The use of vocals here looks forward to such projects as Different Trains and The Cave. If Reich is trying to encapsulate the grandeur of the American west without falling back on typical "Western" tropes, he does so successfully.
© TiVo

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