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"Most valuably of all, there's a new, searching interview with Paul Hillier that probes Reich's working methods, past and present." -- BBC Music Magazine

"Throughout, Reich proves a blunt, perceptive observer of trends in art and music." -- Time Out New York

About the Author

Steve Reich, an artist who has gained international renown over the course of a distinguished career, was recently called "America's greatest living composer" by the Village Voice. The Guardian in London has written, "There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the course of musical history, and Steve Reich is one of them." He has received Grammy awards for Different Trains (1989) and Music For 18 Musicians (1998). His most recent work is the digital video opera Three Tales (2002) done in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot exploring technology in the 20th century through the Hindenburg, the Bikini A-bomb tests and Dolly, the cloned sheep. Paul Hillier is a singer, conductor, and writer on music. Currently Director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Hillier also directs the Theatre of Voices and is principal conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. He is co-founder of the Hilliard Ensemble and author of Arvo Part.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10866 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (11 April 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W0YEGY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mist4971 on 12 April 2011
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This is a must have for any avid Steve Reich fan - if you thought you'd learnt a lot by listening to and watching lots of interviews, you don't know anything until you have read this book.

There are some really great score samples and really interesting opinions that you may have already known Reich holds, but expands on everything in great detail. It's interesting to learn about his musical history, and his writing about it just makes it all the more interesting. Some great diagrams too; one which stuck in my head is the orchestral layout diagram of The Desert Music - this immense, rich instrumentation actually has quite an interesting layout when performed.

If you want to learn even a little about Reich's work, get this book. It's precious.
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Essential 19 Jan. 2012
By Jorge Rangel - Published on
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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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ineresting 4 Oct. 2014
By Tim Risher - Published on
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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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Fantastic 21 Dec. 2013
By Cordell - Published on
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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.
Compositional must have 24 April 2015
By Jeff Lade - Published on
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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.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Timeline of Reich's Works 6 Jan. 2008
By David Gerhart - Published on
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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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