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".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Live / Electric Music Steve Reich 1
1970 Four Organs / Phase Patterns Steve Reich 3
1973 John Cage: Three Dances, for 2 amplified prepared pianos / Steve Reich: Four Organs, for 4 electric organs & maracas John Cage, Steve Reich; Michael Tilson Thomas, Ralph Grierson 2 1
1974 Drumming / Six Pianos / Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ Steve Reich 2
1978 Music for 18 Musicians Steve Reich 4
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 6
1989 Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint Steve Reich; Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny 3
1990 The Four Sections / Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ Steve Reich; The London Symphony Orchestra, Steve Reich and Musicians 1
1990 Piano Circus Steve Reich / Terry Riley 2
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 Reich, Adams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Péter Eötvös, Richard Buckley 1
1996 City Life / Proverb Steve Reich 1
1998 Music for 18 Musicians Steve Reich; Steve Reich and Musicians 3 2
1998 Music For 18 Musicians Steve Reich 1
1999 Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music / Piano Phase / Four Organs Steve Reich; Ensemble Avantgarde 1
1999 Music for 18 Musicians (Ensemble Modern) Steve Reich 1
2000 Maximum Minimalists Steve Reich, John Adams, Terry Riley & Philip Glass 1
2001 Triple Quartet Steve Reich 1
2002 Angel Artistry: Cage: Three Dances / Reich: Four Organs / Stravinsky: Rite of Spring John Cage, Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky; Michael Tilson Thomas, Ralph Grierson 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 Steve Reich; Orchestre National de Lyon, David Robertson 1
2005 Drumming Steve Reich; So Percussion 1
2005 Grand Pianola / Eight Lines / Vermont Counterpoint John Adams, Steve Reich; Solisti New York, Ransom Wilson 1
2005 Different Trains Reich; The Smith Quartet 1
2005 You Are (variations) / Cello Counterpoint Steve Reich 2
2005 Music 4 Hands Philip Glass, Steve Reich; Maki Namekawa, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2006 Reich: Different Trains / Piano Phase / Mellits: String Quartet no. 2 Steve Reich, Marc Mellits; The Duke Quartet, Andrew Russo, Marc Mellits 1
2007 Music for 18 Musicians Steve Reich; Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble 1
2007 Sextet / Piano Phase / Eight Lines Steve Reich 1
2008 Daniel Variations Steve Reich 2
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
2013 Metamorphosis / Acoustic Counterpoint Philip Glass, Steve Reich; Neil Campbell, Carlo Bowry, Gordon Ross 1
2014 Radio Rewrite Steve Reich 2
2015 Music for 18 Musicians Reich; Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman 1
2016 Steve Reich Steve Reich; Third Coast Percussion 1
2016 Clapping Music / Music for Pieces of Wood / Sextet Steve Reich; LSO Percussion Ensemble 1
2016 BBC Music, Volume 25 Number 1: Steve Reich: The Desert Music / John Adams: Shaker Loops Steve Reich, John Adams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Richard Buckley, Péter Eötvös 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Minimalist Adams, Glass, Reich, Heath; London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green 4
1991 Die Musik für ein neues Zeitalter John Zorn, Philip Glass, John Adams, Steve Reich; Kronos Quartet 1
1997 Works: 1965-1995 Steve Reich 2
2006 Shaker Loops / Variations for Winds, Strings & Keyboards John Adams, Steve Reich; San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 1
2006 Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective Steve Reich 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006-04-07: Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany Steve Reich / John Adams 1
2006-04-09: 6:00 PM show: Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany Steve Reich 1
2006-04-09: 11:30 AM show: Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany 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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 2x5 Remixed Steve Reich 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 New York Counterpoint / Eight Lines / Four Organs Steve Reich 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 From the Kitchen Archives No. 2: Steve Reich and Musicians, Live 1977 Steve Reich 1
1987-04-21: Palace Center for the Arts, Palace Theater, Stamford, CT, USA Steve Reich 1
1998-02-25: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands Steve Reich 1
1999-09-17: Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, The Netherlands Steve Reich 1
2003-01-30: Mozartsaal Konserthaus, Vienna, Austria Steve Reich 1
2005-11-06: Belfast Festival, Queen's, Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Steve Reich 1
2010-04-29: Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON, Canada Steve Reich 1
2011-08-10: BBC Proms 2011: Prom 36: Royal Albert Hall, City of Westminster, London, England, UK Steve Reich 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Reich: Remixed 2006 Steve Reich 1

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