Steve Reich Remembers 'Riot' at Four Organs Premiere

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

« previous episode | next episode »

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.


From March 8-30, From the Archives streams weekdays at 7 AM and 8 PM on Q2 Music. For more information on American Mavericks, visit

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.