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 New Sounds in Electronic Music Various Artists 4 2
1973 John Cage: Three Dances, for 2 amplified prepared pianos / Steve Reich: Four Organs, for 4 electric organs & maracas Various Artists 1
1987 New York Counterpoint Richard Stoltzman 1
1990 Six Pianos / In C (Piano Circus) Various Artists 1
1991 Piano Circus Various Artists 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
1998 Minimal Tendencies Delta Saxophone Quartet 1
2000 Conspirare: Chamber Music for Solo Flute Patti Monson 1
2002 Artistry: Michael Tilson Thomas on Piano Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2002 SubString Bridge Mats Bergström 1
2003 African Rhythms Pierre-Laurent Aimard 1
2005 Steve Reich - Drumming So Percussion 1
2005 Music 4 Hands Various Artists 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
2013 In Rhythm Sebastian Manz, Martin Klett 1
2013 Cantus Kuniko 1
An American Collection The Sixteen 1
Cage: 3 Dances; Reich: 4 Organs; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring Various Artists 1
Clarinet Karin Dornbusch 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Music From Mills Various Artists 1
1987 Late in the 20th Century Various Artists 1
1990 Minimalist (London Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Christopher Warren-Green) Various Artists 3
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 (clarinets: Beate Zelinsky & David Smeyers) Various Artists 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 (Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Lukas Foss) Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra 1
2001 Classical Chillout Various Artists 3
2003 Aangenaam Klassiek 2003 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
2006 An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music: Fourth A-Chronology 1937-2005 Various Artists 1

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