Episode #3253

Happy Birthday, Steve Reich

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, one of the founding fathers of minimalism, and one whose influence is vast and wide over rockers, electronic musicians, choreographers and visual artists, also dubbed "the hippest composer alive," (Schaefer, 2006) celebrates his birthday today.  To mark the occasion, we'll hear an hour devoted to Steve Reich & his music - the less well-known pieces.

PROGRAM #3253 Steve Reich's Birthday  (First aired on 10/3/11)    






So Percussion

Live from the Chelsea Art Museum on May 22, 2011

Reich: Clapping Music [:50]

This performance not commercially available.

Tonkunstler-Orchester Niederosterreich; Kristjan Jarvi, conductor

Reich: The Desert Music; Three Movements


Reich: Three Movements for Orchestra [14:21]

Chandos CHSA 5091
Available at*,, iTunes

Anonymous 4, Jim Preiss, percussion Thad Wheeler, percussion

Live, Church of St. Ann’s, 1999

Reich: Know What is Above You [3:16]

WNYC Commissions 1
This performance not commercially available.

London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Edmund Niemann, piano, Nurit Tilles, piano

Steve Reich: The Four Sections / Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ


Reich: the Four Sections, finale [6:09]

Nonesuch 79220
Available at*,

So Percussion

WTC 9/11

Mallet Quartet [14:35]

Nonesuch 528236
Available at*,

eighth blackbird

Double Sextet/2x5


Double Sextet, finale[6:50]

Nonesuch 519823
Available at*,

Comments [1]

gina ballinger from graz, austia

i have to admit that i have never listened to Steve Reich. a mistake : ) thank you for this ear opening introduction to Steve Reich. thank youuuu!

Oct. 07 2013 09:54 AM

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