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Like many acclaimed artists, composer Reich is a virtual unknown outside of devotees of avant-garde or experimental music (… la John Cage minimalism). This book is a collection of his writings about this specialized area of music, made by and for music academics and "serious" artists. Reading about sounds is always a dry experience, but these 64 short pieces (some only a paragraph) may be essentially indecipherable for those without an academic musical background, owing to the heavy use of music terminology despite Reich's generally conversational tone. The pieces, including Reich's best-known "Music as a Gradual Process," are primarily concerned with Reich's own compositions and reflect his changing preoccupations through time: tape loops and phasing in the Sixties, African drumming in the early Seventies, and so on. In fact, this book might have been better titled Thoughts on Music, as most of the writing comes across as extemporaneous rather than studied and includes a number of interviews, which one is hardpressed to describe as "writings." Recommended for academic libraries or specialized collections only. David Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Seattle
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"Steve Reich has consolidated his reputation as an internationally renowned artist of enormous distinction: this new book is a testament to his integrity and staying power, charting as it does a musical evolution, still in progress, that has permanently altered the course of new music in the West in the last third of the twentieth century."--Music and Letters


"Writings on Music 1965-2000, a new collection of Reich's writings...substantially enlarges upon, and in most senses supersedes, its slim predecessor...These works are, at one and the same time, radical and sensible, revolutionary and respectful of tradition, and offer extensions of techniques found in diverse forms of music-making around the world...This book seems to me not an ending but a beginning: it marks a point where new work, both creative and scholarly, can start...Steve Reich has consolidated his reputation as an internationally renowned artist of enormous distinction: this new book is a testament to his integrity and staying power, charting as it does a musical evolution, still in progress, that has permanently altered the course of new music in the West in the last third of the twentieth century."--Music and Letters


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195151151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195151152
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a must read for anyone seriously interested in music. Reich's legacy can be felt in younger composers like Marc Mellits and Nico Muhly. But his influence has broken the barriers of the classical music and it can be felt in the work of popular artists such as Radiohead, The Orb, Aphex Twin and Sufjan Stevens.

Reich's writing is sincere and non-pretentious. It's also economical and extremely easy to read even for the musically illiterate and his essays offer a glimpse of his creative process, one that transforms and twists the tradition but, finally, respecting it.
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Interesting to read what Steve Reich has to say about his works, even in his own terse, non-florid way. This book is a collection of mainly program notes and transcriptions of short interviews he has given. As a result, it tends to get a bit repetitive, which I guess is appropriate! I also
so wish it would be updated. That wouldn't be so difficult.
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By Cordell on December 21, 2013
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This book gives such a great insight into the workings of his mind and really helps to understand the process that he took in making and creating his music. For anyone that loves listening to his music or anyone that wishes to study his style of composition, this is a must have.
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You need this in your tool box just as much as your theory books and orchestration books. A must read for any composer, of any leanings.
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This is a must have for Reich enthusiast and student. It chronicles his works and talks about his compositional style. Very interesting.
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