Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (1978)

Composer: Steve Reich

Composition: Music For 18 Musicians

Performers: Richard Cohen, Shem Guibbory, Steve Chambers & more

Released: ECM New Series / 1978 (2007)

Sourse of information: Allmusic.com Buy on Amazon

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If Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians is simply described in terms of its materials and organization — 11 chords followed by 11 pieces built on those chords — then it might seem utterly dry and monotonous. The actual music, though, is far from lackluster. When this recording was released in 1978, the impact on the new music scene was immediate and overwhelming. Anyone who saw potential in minimalism and had hoped for a major breakthrough piece found it here. The beauty of its pulsing added-note harmonies and the sustained power and precision of the performance were the music’s salient features; and instead of the sterile, electronic sound usually associated with minimalism, the music’s warm resonance was a welcome change. Yet repeated listening brought out a subtle and important shift in Reich’s conception: the patterns were no longer static repetitions moving in and out of phase with each other, but were now flexible units that grew organically and changed incrementally over the course of the work. This discovery indicated a promising new direction for Reich, one that put him ahead of his peers by giving his music greater interest and adaptability and led to the more elaborate works of the next two decades. (source: Allmusic)

1. Pulse — Sections I – X — Pulse

Performers:
Shem Guibbory violin
Ken Ishii cello
Elizabeth Arnold voice
Rebecca Armstrong voice
Pamela Fraley voice
Nurit Tilles piano
Steve Chambers piano
Larry Karush piano, maracas
Gary Schall marimba, maracas
Bob Becker marimba, xylophone
Russ Hartenberger marimba, xylophone
Glen Velez marimba, xylophone
James Preiss metallophone, piano
Steve Reich piano, marimba
David Van Tieghem marimba, xylophone, piano
Virgil Blackwell clarinet, bass clarinet
Richard Cohen clarinet, bass clarinet
Jay Clayton voice, piano

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