Steve Reich

Real Name:
Stephen Michael Reich
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Steve Reich (October 3, 1936, New-York City, USA) is a composer. He studied composition privately with Hall Overton, then moved on to Juilliard School in New-York to study with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti (1958 to 1961). Subsequently he attended Mills College in Oakland where he was taught by Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud (1961-63) and earned a master's degree in composition.

Early on, Reich was influenced by fellow minimalist Terry Riley's loosely-structured aleatoric works which combines simple musical patterns, offset in time, to create a slowly-shifting, cohesive whole. Reich adopted this approach to compose his first major work written in 1965: "It's Gonna Rain..." Reich moved on from the "phase shifting" technique he had pioneered to more elaborate pieces. He investigated other musical processes such as augmentation (the temporal lengthening of phrases and melodic fragments).

Reich's mother is the Broadway singer and lyricist June Carroll.
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Steve Reich - New Sounds In Electronic Music (Come Out / Night Music / I Of IV) album art Steve Reich / Richard Maxfield / Pauline Oliveros Steve Reich / Richard Maxfield / Pauline Oliveros - New Sounds In Electronic Music (Come Out / Night Music / I Of IV) Odyssey US 1967 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Live / Electric Music album art Steve Reich Live / Electric Music (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1968 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Four Organs / Phase Patterns album art Steve Reich Four Organs / Phase Patterns (Album) Shandar, Shandar France 1970 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Drumming album art Steve Reich Drumming (Album) John Gibson + Multiples US 1971 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Three Dances & Four Organs album art John Cage / Steve Reich / Michael Tilson Thomas / Ralph Grierson John Cage / Steve Reich / Michael Tilson Thomas / Ralph Grierson - Three Dances & Four Organs (Album) Angel Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Six Pianos / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ album art Steve Reich Six Pianos / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos album art Steve Reich Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians album art Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Octet • Music For A Large Ensemble • Violin Phase album art Steve Reich Octet • Music For A Large Ensemble • Violin Phase (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Tehillim album art Steve Reich Tehillim (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records Germany 1982 Sell This Version
SLPX 12545 Steve Reich - Untitled album art 180* - Reich* / Rzewski* / Melis* / Szemző* 180* - Reich* / Rzewski* / Melis* / Szemző* - Untitled(LP) Hungaroton SLPX 12545 Hungary 1983 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Variations For Winds, Strings And Keyboards / Shaker Loops album art Steve Reich / John Adams - San Francisco Symphony* / Edo De Waart Steve Reich / John Adams - San Francisco Symphony* / Edo De Waart - Variations For Winds, Strings And Keyboards / Shaker Loops (Album) Philips Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Grand Pianola / Eight Lines album art John Adams / Steve Reich / Solisti New York / Ransom Wilson John Adams / Steve Reich / Solisti New York / Ransom Wilson - Grand Pianola / Eight Lines (Album, Comp) Angel Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - The Desert Music album art Steve Reich The Desert Music (Album) Nonesuch, Nonesuch US 1985 Sell This Version
SLPX 12799 Steve Reich - Il. album art Group 180, Reich*, Faragó*, Soós* Group 180, Reich*, Faragó*, Soós* - Il.(LP) Hungaroton SLPX 12799 Hungary 1985 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Sextet / Six Marimbas album art Steve Reich Sextet / Six Marimbas (Album) Nonesuch US 1986 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Early Works album art Steve Reich Early Works (Comp) Elektra Nonesuch US 1987 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Drumming album art Steve Reich - Steve Reich And Musicians Steve Reich - Steve Reich And Musicians - Drumming (Album) Elektra Nonesuch Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint album art Steve Reich - Kronos Quartet / Pat Metheny Steve Reich - Kronos Quartet / Pat Metheny - Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint (Album) Elektra Nonesuch, Elektra Nonesuch US 1989 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Six Pianos / In C album art Piano Circus, Steve Reich / Terry Riley Piano Circus, Steve Reich / Terry Riley - Six Pianos / In C (Album) Argo (2) Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - The Four Sections / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ album art Steve Reich The Four Sections / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ (Album) Elektra Nonesuch Europe 1990 Sell This Version
999 088-2 Steve Reich - Cabaza Percussion Quartet album art Cabaza Percussion Quartet - Brodmann*, Hummel*, Ohana*, Heider*, Reich* Cabaza Percussion Quartet - Brodmann*, Hummel*, Ohana*, Heider*, Reich* - Cabaza Percussion Quartet(CD, Album) cpo 999 088-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ · Music For Pieces Of Wood · Sextet album art Steve Reich, Amadinda Percussion Group Steve Reich, Amadinda Percussion Group - Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ · Music For Pieces Of Wood · Sextet (Album) Hungaroton Classic Hungary 1990 Sell This Version
Steve Reich - Minimalist album art London Chamber Orchestra*Adams* / Glass* / Reich* / Heath* London Chamber Orchestra*Adams* / Glass* / Reich* / Heath* - Minimalist (Album) Virgin Classics, Virgin Classics Germany 1990 Sell This Version
ALCD 004 Steve Reich - The Contemporary Lute album art Cage*, Karkoff*, Reich*, Stockhausen* / Peter Söderberg, Sven Åberg Cage*, Karkoff*, Reich*, Stockhausen* / Peter Söderberg, Sven Åberg - The Contemporary Lute(CD, Album) Alice Musik Produktion ALCD 004 Sweden 1991 Sell This Version

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tweeclr

April 23, 2003
Reich is simply the best on contemporary classical music. His early works have been a really deep influence on techno, check out "Piano phase" or "Violin phase" and get rid of the fact that what you thought was "avant garde" is already 30 years old. So groovy, so emotional, so charming..enigmatic and soulful. Hard to explain in words, the Reich experience is something you must live at your own.
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Koba_no_Gomi

September 29, 2002
I am surprised no-one has commented on Steve Reich yet.
His earliest pieces "Come Out" and "It's Gonna Rain" were some of the earliest uses of tape loops in experiemntal music. They are probably the earliest releases to be comprised entirely of the spokem word cut-up and looped.

His other style of compositions -- instrumental -- is a whole other thing. Take "Six Pianos" for example. At any given time, 4 pianists are all playing very similar parts. Progressively, one part changes just a few notes here and there, then another changes. What you have is a slow metamorphosis of notes in a very solidly repeating piece. It is very hypnotic.

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