Writings on Music, 1965-2000 (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 11, 2002 - Music - 272 pages
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In the mid-1960s, Steve Reich radically renewed the musical landscape with a back-to-basics sound that came to be called Minimalism. These early works, characterized by a relentless pulse and static harmony, focused single-mindedly on the process of gradual rhythmic change. Throughout his career, Reich has continued to reinvigorate the music world, drawing from a wide array of classical, popular, sacred, and non-western idioms. His works reflect the steady evolution of an original musical mind. Writings on Music documents the creative journey of this thoughtful, groundbreaking composer. These 64 short pieces include Reich's 1968 essay "Music as a Gradual Process," widely considered one of the most influential pieces of music theory in the second half of the 20th century. Subsequent essays, articles, and interviews treat Reich's early work with tape and phase shifting, showing its development into more recent work with speech melody and instrumental music. Other essays recount his exposure to non-western music--African drumming, Balinese gamelan, Hebrew cantillation--and the influence of these musics as structures and not as sounds. The writings include Reich's reactions to and appreciations of the works of his contemporaries (John Cage, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti) and older influences (Kurt Weill, Schoenberg). Each major work of the composer's career is also explored through notes written for performances and recordings. Paul Hillier, himself a respected figure in the early music and new music worlds, has revisited these texts, working with the author to clarify their central narrative: the aesthetic and intellectual development of an influential composer. For long-time listeners and young musicians recently introduced to his work, this book provides an opportunity to get to know Reich's music in greater depth and perspective.
  

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I chip away at this one, an essay at a time. Read full review

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If you love this guy's music as much as I do, then his writing is a great way to pull back the veil and get a glimpse of the Wizard. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
1 EARLY WORKS 196568
19
EXCERPTS FROM AN INTERVIEW IN ART FORUM
33
MUSIC AS A GRADUAL PROCESS 1968
34
3 WAVELENGTH BY MICHAEL SNOW 1968
36
4 THE PHASE SHIFTING PULSE GATEFOUR ORGANS PHASE PATTERNS AN END TO ELECTRONICS 196870
38
5 SOME OPTIMISTIC PREDICTIONS 1970 ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC
51
6 FIRST INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL NYMAN 1970
52
35 THE FOUR SECTIONS 1987
144
36 ELECTRIC COUNTERPOINT 1987
145
37 NONWESTERN MUSIC AND THE WESTERN COMPOSER 1988
147
38 DIFFERENT TRAINS 1988
151
39 CHAMBER MUSICAN EXPANDED VIEW 1989
156
40 QUESTIONNAIRE 1989
158
41 ON THE SIZE AND SEATING OF AN ORCHESTRA 1990
162
42 AARON COPLAND 1990
164

7 GAHUA DANCE OF THE EWE TRIBE IN GHANA 1971
55
8 DRUMMING 1971
63
9 CLAPPING MUSIC 1972
68
10 POSTSCRIPT TO A BRIEF STUDY OF BALINESE AND AFRICAN MUSIC 1973
69
11 NOTES ON MUSIC AND DANCE 1973
71
12 SIX PIANOS 1973
73
13 MUSIC FOR MALLET INSTRUMENTS VOICES AND ORGAN 1973
76
14 MUSIC FOR PIECES OF WOOD 1973
78
16 MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE 196974 1993
81
VIDEOTAPE AND A COMPOSER 1975
82
DACHAU 1974 BY BERYL KOROT
85
18 MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS 1976
87
19 SECOND INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL NYMAN 1976
91
20 MUSIC FOR A LARGE ENSEMBLE 1978
97
21 OCTET 1979
98
22 VARIATIONS FOR WINDS STRINGS AND KEYBOARDS 1979
99
23 TEHILLIM 1981
100
24 HEBREW CANTILLATION AS AN INFLUENCE ON COMPOSITION 1982
105
25 VERMONT COUNTERPOINT 1982
119
27 THE DESERT MUSIC 1984
120
28 THE DESERT MUSIC STEVE REICH IN CONVERSATION WITH JONATHAN COTT 1984
127
29 SEXTET 1985
131
30 NEW YORK COUNTERPOINT 1985
135
31 THREE MOVEMENTS 1986
136
32 SIX MARIMBAS 1986
137
34 TEXTURESPACESURVIVAL 1987
139
43 JOHN CAGE 1992
165
44 KURT WEILL THE ORCHESTRA AND VOCAL STYLE AN INTERVIEW WITH K ROBERT SCHWARZ 1992
166
A NEW TYPE OF MUSIC THEATER WITH BERYL KOROT SYNOPSIS
168
46 JONATHAN COTT INTERVIEWS BERYL KOROT AND STEVE REICH ON THE CAVE 1993
171
47 THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MADNESS IN ABRAHAMS CAVE 1994 WITH BERYL KOROT
178
48 ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT DIFFERENT TRAINS 1994
180
49 DUET 1994
183
50 NAGOYA MARIMBAS 1994
184
52 BEAUTIFULUGLY 1994
185
53 SCHÖNBERG 1995
186
54 CITY LIFE 1995
187
55 PROVERB 1995
191
56 MUSIC AND LANGUAGE 1996
193
57 FELDMAN 1997
202
58 BERIO 1997
203
59 THREE TALES 19982002 WITH BERYL KOROT
204
60 TRIPLE QUARTET 1999
208
61 KNOW WHAT IS ABOVE YOU 1999
211
63 LIGETI 2000
212
64 DE KEERSMAEKER KYLIAN AND EUROPEAN DANCE 2000
213
65 STEVE REICH IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL HILLIER 2000
216
TEXT CREDITS
242
BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
INDEX
247
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