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American composer Steve Reich uses Ostinatos in almost all of his music. He took piano lessons as a child but did not decide on a career in music until he was in college. Reich said this about his inspiration:

"I became a composer because I'd heard the Rite of Spring of Stravinsky, I'd heard Bach's Fifth Brandenburg, I'd heard bebop — Charlie ParkerMiles Davis — music that had a lot of rhythmic energy, music which was finally harmonic. I know the Rite of Spring's harmonic quality is not that of Charlie Parker. Neither are they that of Johann Sebastian Bach. But they all had what Stravinsky called the magnetic attraction, the polaric attraction of sound." (NPR-2016)
He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th and 21st century, introducing the use of pre-recorded music in a concert and the use of ostinatos. Radiohead gives him credit for some of their music. He won a Grammy in 1990 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2009.  Here are some examples of his music: (try to listen to a bit of each sample)


Different Trains - music for strings and pre-recorded sounds. He created this because he spent time traveling on trains when he was a child.



Music For 18 Musicians

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  1. Dear Mr. Montague, all of the songs by Steve Reich are nice. My favorite is Music for 18 Musicians because the music slowly changes almost like water falling. I like that it has instruments and also peoples voices too. From: Lorelei ��

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  2. From now on I'm going to do this more 🙃🙃🙃

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  3. I wish we had two to do every time we do this 😞😞😀😃😄😍

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  4. I love love love the Music for 18 Musicians because of the blend of the instruments and the singers. I don't know how many sections there are but I still love it. Also, in Music for Pieces of Wood we have the same instruments. From ARI

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  5. I like clapping for music because the clapping is so musical. - Indira

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  6. I like clapping for music because the clapping is so musical. - Indira

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  7. I like clapping for music because the clapping is so musical. - Indira

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  8. This is so cool! Ostinatos are fun!!!

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  9. this is virginia i love the druming one

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  10. Hayes says the Music for 18 Musicians sounds really cool!

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  11. I like the claping music.

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    1. The clapping music is fun. Please tell me who this is. Thanks

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  12. I like how he was inspired by other musicians! I was inspired to play the guitar or the drums. ~Marcus Webb

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  13. This DOESsound like ostinato!

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  14. I thought my ears were playing tricks on me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The music was 1rst place!

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  15. THAT OSTINOTO IS FANTASTIC¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sabena

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  16. Jackson E. (2nd G, S-C)October 23, 2022 at 6:52 AM

    the music was out of this world !!!

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  17. I love the sound of the drums!

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  18. Preston.I love your music

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  19. Preston.I love your music

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  20. Great drum player!

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  21. I love drums he must be very good with music if he won the Pulitzer prize in 2009 -Emilia miss petittos class 2nd grade

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  22. I love Music for 18 musicians. I like the Melody. The National is influenced by him and they also work with Taylor Swift. Mr. Reicht is everywhere. It's so neat that you can make music with just your hands.

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  23. His music is special and I like it.

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  24. I like the six marimbas and the 18 musicians.

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  25. His music is not like any other. He is a great modern composer.

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  26. Dear Steve Reich,
    This is Ivy Grier. I love your music called 18 Musicians and Wood.

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  27. Harlem Smith (boone2) I love the drums

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  28. Wooooooooooooow that was really good

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  29. I like the drumming, Mr. M!

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  30. I love the music London

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  31. The music souned like it will make me fall asleep.
    JAMES A HARRIS

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  32. I love the clapping music and the john williams music was incredible.

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  33. This is super cool.

    Finn K

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  34. The clapping music is super interesting.
    Finn K

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  35. I love it so much Sophia

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  36. It’s so good 😊 🦄🦄🦄 jeffery

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  37. I love the music for 18 musicians!

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  38. I love the music for 18 musicians!

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  39. I love the music for 18 musicians!

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  40. I love the Music for 18 Musicians!

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  41. The Music for 18 musicians makes me feel calm.

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