Steve Reich

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  • On May 21, 2007, Steve Reich was awarded The Polar Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Each year, one such award is given to a classical composer, with a second such award going to a pop or jazz composer. (Sonny Rollins was the winner in the pop or jazz category).
  • On October 18, 2006, Steve Reich was awarded the Praemium Imperiale for music by Prince Hitachi at the Meiji Hall in Tokyo. The Praemium Imperiale awards are given annually by the Japan Art Association in five fields not covered by the Nobel Prizes: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film.
  • On August 14, 2005, Steve Reich was awarded the MacDowell Colony Arts Award at the Colony in Peterborough, NH, USA.
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Stephen Michael Reich (/ˈraɪʃ/; born October 3, 1936) is an American composer who, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s.

His innovations include using tape loops to create phasing patterns (for example, his early compositions It's Gonna Rain and Come Out), and the use of simple, audible processes to explore musical concepts (for instance, Pendulum Music and Four Organs). These compositions, marked by their use of repetitive figures, slow harmonic rhythm and canons, have significantly influenced contemporary music, especially in the US. Reich's work took on a darker character in the 1980s with the introduction of historical themes as well as themes from his Jewish heritage, notably the Grammy Award-winning Different Trains.

Reich's style of composition influenced many composers and groups. Writing in the The Guardian music critic Andrew Clements described Reich as one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history". The American composer and critic Kyle Gann has said Reich " considered, by general acclamation, America's greatest living composer".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Live / Electric Music Steve Reich 1
1970 Four Organs / Phase Patterns Steve Reich 3
1974 Drumming / Six Pianos / Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ Steve Reich 2
1978 Music for 18 Musicians Steve Reich 3
1980 Octet / Music for a Large Ensemble / Violin Phase Steve Reich 3
1982 Tehillim Steve Reich 3
1985 The Desert Music Steve Reich 3.5 3
1987 Sextet / Six Marimbas Steve Reich 2
1987 Drumming Steve Reich 2
1987 Early Works Steve Reich 5
1989 Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint Steve Reich; Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny 2
1990 The Four Sections / Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ Steve Reich; The London Symphony Orchestra, Steve Reich and Musicians 1
1993 Another Look at Counterpoint Steve Reich 1
1994 Six Pianos / Variations / Music for Mallet Instruments Steve Reich 1
1994 Tehillim / Three Movements Steve Reich 1
1995 The Cave Steve Reich 1
1995 Music for Mallet Instruments Steve Reich 1
1996 The Desert Music / Shaker Loops Steve Reich / John Adams 1
1996 City Life / Proverb Steve Reich 1
1998 Music for 18 Musicians (Steve Reich and Musicians) Steve Reich 3 2
1999 Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music / Piano Phase / Four Organs (Ensemble Avant Garde) Steve Reich; Ensemble Avantgarde 1
1999 Music for 18 Musicians (Ensemble Modern) Steve Reich 1
2001 Triple Quartet Steve Reich 1
2002 Variations Steve Reich 1
2002 Tehillim / The Desert Music (Alarm Will Sound) Steve Reich 1
2002 Drumming (Ictus) Steve Reich 1
2003 City Life / New York Counterpoint / Eight Lines / Violin Phase (Ensemble Modern) Steve Reich 1
2003 Drumming Steve Reich 1
2003 Music for 18 Musicians (Amadinda & Musicians) Steve Reich 1
2004 Different Trains / Triple Quartet / The Four Sections (Orchestre National de Lyon feat. conductor: David Robertson) Steve Reich 1
2005 Drumming (So Percussion) Steve Reich 1
2005 Grand Pianola / Eight Lines / Vermont Counterpoint John Adams / Steve Reich 1
2005 Different Trains Reich; The Smith Quartet 1
2005 You Are (variations) / Cello Counterpoint Steve Reich 1
2006 Different Trains--Piano Phase Steve Reich & Marc Mellits 1
2007 Music for 18 Musicians (Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble) Steve Reich 1
2007 Sextet / Piano Phase / Eight Lines Steve Reich 1
2008 Daniel Variations Steve Reich 1
2010 Double Sextet / 2x5 Steve Reich 2
2011 Kuniko Plays Reich Steve Reich; Kuniko 1
2011 Three Movements / The Desert Music Steve Reich; Chorus Sine Nomine, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Kristjan Järvi 1
2011 Different Trains / Piano Counterpoint / Triple Quartet Steve Reich; London Steve Reich Ensemble 1
2011 WTC 9/11 / Mallet Quartet / Dance Patterns Steve Reich 1
2011 American Music Reich, Barber, Crumb; Quatuor Diotima 1
2014 Radio Rewrite Steve Reich 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Works: 1965-1995 Steve Reich 2
2006 Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective Steve Reich 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Reich: Remixed Steve Reich 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Three Tales Steve Reich 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 2x5: Movement 3 Fast Vakula / Steve Reich 1

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