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listen  1. Music for 18 Musicians: PulsesGrand Valley State University New Music Ensemble 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Grand Valley State University New Music
  • Composer: Steve Reich
  • Audio CD (October 16, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000WDVNOM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You do have to be part of a virtuoso ensemble perfomance, & have great stamina.
DJ Rix
Here and there, the xylophones or marimbas step forward to outline a melody, or the strings will buildup into a rhythm.
S. McPherson
One of the landmark compositions in the world of 20th century music is Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians."
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By S. McPherson on February 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can't pretend to any particularly deep knowledge of experimental music, but I've dabbled as a student and listener. So when a titan of modern experimental music like Steve Reich acknowledges a recording of one of his own pieces as "a really moving recording of the piece" and "a gorgeous and stunningly accurate CD of Music for 18 Musicians, from the heartland to the heart," I know enough to pay attention. Reich has consistently managed to invest his abstract and experimental compositions with real human heart and a populist spirit, as evidenced by his best known work, Different Trains, which was realized as a recording in collaboration with The Kronos Quartet. He's also dead-on about Minneapolis label Innova's release of GVSU's New Music Ensemble's reading of Music for 18 Musicians; it's mesmerizing, beautiful, and delicately realized, despite the sheer volume of notes.

Reich has always focused, more or less, on the effects of repetition and subtle change on music. As such, his work tends to be minimally composed but maximally realized, and in Music for 18 Musicians, he based the piece around a cycle of eleven chords. The cycle introduces and closes the piece in a section called "Pulses," and in between, eleven sections explore each chord. I know: it sounds dry and terribly clinical, but it's not.

The music is a cascade of notes, a kind of mechanized modulation of John Coltrane's sheets of sound approach. Instead of chaotic and improvised bursts of melody, the music swells and recedes like the ocean, the ensemble of strings, clarinets, pianos, marimbas, and xylophones softly urging the music into being. The dynamics couldn't be simpler, really: the percussive instruments lay down a steady rhythm while the cellos, violins, and clarinets breathe melodies against it.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on February 22, 2008
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I can't imagine a lovelier gift for Steve Reich's 70th birthday than when this group from an obscure Allendale, Michigan school showed up at the New York City Bang on a Can Marathon in June 2007 & gave a warmly idiomatic, accomplished sunrise performance of "Music for 18 Musicians." True, the "conductor" & several of the students had consulted with members of the Steve Reich Ensemble & met the composer. But Reich probably never expected they'd do this well. Yet, for all the sophistication of Reich's music & his international reputation, he must have dreamed of it from time to time, hearing a reassuring echo from the provinces, that his music had made such a successful journey out & back. These aren't virtuoso conservatory kids; they're fine musicians from a large academic music department who likely had to give up some other projects & activities to make the committment. The students are joined by a few faculty & outsiders, but it's their gig. They had to live inside the score for a year to bring it to this level.

You don't have to be a virtuoso to perform "Music for 18 Musicians." You do have to be part of a virtuoso ensemble perfomance, & have great stamina. Back in 1974, Reich brought a few of his musicians out to Ramapo College of New Jersey for a workshop. I was a student. He was working on music like this, perhaps not this particular piece. His "scores" were fragments, phrases, no single phrase was really difficult, & you learned the phrases one after the other. To that point it resembled gamelan. Except it wasn't gamelan. The difficulty was jumping from one phrase to next, while listening to others, & feeling the pulse of the music. Once you started the music, you had to keep going.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Anand on June 13, 2008
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I just finished listening to a back-to-back comparison of the 1978 ECM recording and this recording. Both are great but I really loved the GVSU version. Its definitely a bit longer and seems less hurried which gives them more time to explore the music properly.

Definitely check out their website [...] It has links to fascinating videos of their rehearsals for this piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B H on March 18, 2010
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I have been listening to this recording for over the past two weeks. If you like Steve Reich you'll love this recording.
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I was going to pass on buying this (despite a good review on Kirk McElhearn's blog) since I already have the 1978 ECM recording. But after sampling a selection of this recording, I decided to buy it after all. Music for 18 Musicians is all about overlapping patterns, and any one competently performed (which is a tall order on its own) version will sound different from any other. In this case, Grand Valley State University's New Music Ensemble does a very nice performance, and its own unique "fingerprint" is apparent without the ensemble taking liberties with the score. Bottom line: if you enjoy the piece, as I do, it's nice to hear a slightly different take on what you might be familiar with, and this record delivers.
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