Maximum Reich: Introductions

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Steve Reich lends his voice to provide personalized introductions to many of his seminal works.

Beginning in the mid-'60s for his works on tape and going through his ground-breaking works such as Different Trains and Music for 18 Musicians to the recent accolades of works such as Double Sextet, you can hear his prefaces during the weeklong 7-day Maximum Reich, but only here can you hear them in their entirety, preserved as Q2's testament to one of the greatest living composers.

The Cave The Cave (1990-93)
Music and Video theatre work

Cello CounterpointCello Counterpoint (2003)
for amplified cello and multichannel tape

City LifeCity Life (1995)
for amplified ensemble

Come OutCome Out (1966)

Daniel VariationsDaniel Variations (2006)
for voices, clarinets, pianos, strings, and percussion

The Desert MusicThe Desert Music (1984)
for 10 singers (amplified) and reduced orchestra

Different TrainsDifferent Trains (1988)
for string quartet and tape

Double SextetDouble Sextet (2009)
for woodwinds, strings, piano, and percussion

DrummingDrumming (1970-71)
for amplified percussion, female voices, whistling and piccolo

Electric CounterpointElectric Counterpoint (1987)
for electric guitar or amplified acoustic guitar and tape

It's Gonna RainIt's Gonna Rain (1965)

Music for 18 MusiciansMusic for 18 Musicians (1974-76)
for amplified ensemble

Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and OrganMusic for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (1973)
for amplified ensemble

New York CounterpointNew York Counterpoint (1985)
for amplified clarinet and tape

Piano PhasePiano Phase(1967)
for two pianos and multichannel tape

ProverbProverb (1995)
for voices and ensemble, text by Ludwig Wittgenstein

TehillimTehillim (1981)
for voices and orchestra

Three TalesThree Tales (2002)
Video Opera

Vermont CounterpointVermont Counterpoint (1982)
for amplified flute and tape

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Comments [4]


Now that MAXIMUM REICH is over, how long will the audio files be available on the Q2 web-site?

Time to reflect in our own emotional landscape.

Also, if you haven't already, I wish Q2 would play music by Eberhard Weber, the classical ~ jazz bassist and composer.

Dec. 17 2009 01:52 PM
Gordon Lange-Kelly from Milan, Italy


Thank You mr. Steve Reich.
Thank You.

I first heard your 18Musicians in high school in NYC on WNYC when i got there from Italy in 1978; you changed my world . I later went to see you with my father at Columbia University, and blew his world away too.

That was a "teachable moment", for both of us as a individuals and as a father and son.

Thank You ; Gordon Lange-Kelly

Dec. 16 2009 08:26 PM
victoria schultz from New York City

The Reich Fest is truly fabulous, tops Reich at 70 at different venues around NY. However, why are we deprived of this and other modern music that is so New York on the radio. It is truly a shame that the joint WNYC and WQXR has banned anything a bit more innovative in the way of music off the airwaver and the only way I can listen to inspiring fabulous music that really is part of New York's spirit is by creating a cobweb of wires going from my computer to speakers at a distance. Please return this kind of programming to the RADIO!
I hope you continue with similar feasts of new music. A friend is visiting from the backwoods of the Balkans. She didn't know what hit her when she heard Reich's music just now. But she liked it.

Dec. 11 2009 01:08 AM
Tony from Florida

Steve Reich is one of the most important American composers. This is a great tribute to a man that influenced a generation of musicians and continues to do so. May we have more Reich Festivals.

Dec. 10 2009 08:50 AM

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