Steve Reich-8





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 recordings



Music For 18 Musicians

Great story from NPR

Comments

  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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