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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Legal name: Stephen Michael Reich


Stephen Michael Reich (/ˈrʃ/; 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.

Reich's style of composition influenced many composers and groups. 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.

Writing in The Guardian, music critic Andrew Clements suggested that Reich is 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 claimed that Reich " considered, by general acclamation, America's greatest living composer".

  1. ^ "Say How? A Pronunciation Guide to Names of Public Figures". National Library Service. May 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ Mertens, W. (1983), American Minimal Music, Kahn & Averill, London, (p.11).
  3. ^ Michael Nyman, writing in the preface of Mertens' book refers to the style as "so called minimal music" (Mertens p.8).
  4. ^ "The term 'minimal music' is generally used to describe a style of music that developed in America in the late 1960s and 1970s; and that was initially connected with the composers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass." Sitsky, L. (2002), Music of the twentieth-century avant-garde: a biocritical sourcebook,Greenwood Press, Westport, CT. (p.361)
  5. ^ "Radio 3 Programmes – Composer of the Week, Steve Reich (b. 1936), Episode 1". BBC. October 25, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gann, Kyle (July 13, 1999). "Grand Old Youngster". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 New Sounds in Electronic Music Various Artists 2
1987 New York Counterpoint Richard Stoltzman 1
1990 Steve Reich - Six Pianos / Terry Riley - In C Piano Circus 1
1992 In Good Company Jon Gibson 1
1992 Irony Percussion Group The Hague 1
1993 Volans • Lang • Reich • Moran Piano Circus 1
1994 Acoustic Counterpoint David Tanenbaum 1
1994 Reich: New York Counterpoint / Bryars: Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets Roger Heaton 1
1995 Music for Saxophones Raschèr Saxophone Quartet 1
1996 Clarinet Karin Dornbusch 1
1998 Minimal Tendencies Delta Saxophone Quartet 1
2000 Conspirare: Chamber Music for Solo Flute Patti Monson 1
2002 SubString Bridge Mats Bergström 1
2002 StrongStrangeStrings Elena Casoli 1
2003 African Rhythms Pierre-Laurent Aimard 1
2005 Steve Reich - Drumming So Percussion 1
2006 Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters London Sinfonietta 2
2007 Guitar in USA Philippe Azoulay 1
2008 Shift Chris Hughes 5 1
2009 The Grandfather Paradox Henrik Schwarz / Âme / Dixon 2
2009 The Works +The Unreleased & Unexpected Ken Ishii 1
2012 NY Counterpoint Lucia Kye, Tony Park 1
2013 In Rhythm Sebastian Manz, Martin Klett 1
2013 Cantus Kuniko 1
2014 America: Copland Reich Cage Feldman Bernstein Barber SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed 1
2015 Time Present and Time Past Mahan Esfahani 5 1
2015 Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From the Piano Anthony de Mare 1
An American Collection The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1

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1986 Music From Mills Various Artists 1
1987 Late in the 20th Century Various Artists 1
1991 Classic CD, Volume 12 Various Artists 1
1991 Música sin Fronteras Vol II / I Various Artists 1
1992 Utopia americana Various Artists 1
1995 Listen: Third Brief Edition (Joseph Kerman, ed.) Joseph Kerman & Gary Tomlinson 1
1995 Released: 1985-1995 Kronos Quartet 1
1997 Adagios del siglo XX1 Various Artists 1
1997 Clarinet Counterpoints David Smeyers, Beate Zelinsky 1
1998 Kronos Quartet: 25 Years Kronos Quartet 2
1999 The Norton Recordings, 8th Edition, Shorter Version Various Artists 2
1999 Wired Magazine Presents: Music Futurists Various Artists 1
2000 OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music Various Artists 2
2001 Compassion Edna Michell 1
2001 Classical Chillout Various Artists 5
2003 Aangenaam Klassiek 2003 Various Artists 1
2004 Yellow Lounge Vol. 3 Various Artists 1
2004 Listen: Brief Fifth Edition Joseph Kerman & Gary Tomlinson 1
2004 The Big Chill Classics Various Artists 1
2005 American Classics Various Artists 1
2005 Jazzthing: Nonesuch Various Artists 1
2005 MoMu: Meisterwerke des 20. Jahrhunderts Various Artists 1

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