Steve Reich Remembers 'Riot' at Four Organs Premiere

New Sounds with Steve Reich and host John Schaefer, from 1986

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Friday, March 23, 2012

In this interview, the composer Steve Reich recounts his early success with Michael Tilson Thomas, describing the progression of initial discovery to the controversial performance of Four Organs (1970) in a hall of "tumultuous yea's and nay's." Later he discusses text-setting and his development from the early fixed-media tape pieces to writing for live singers.

Reich has been enshrined late in career by leading music institutions and the classical record industry. His role in the early growth of minimalism is well documented and continues to be revisited when considering the modern trends of "indie-classical." Host John Schaefer gets a first-hand glimpse of this history.


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