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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; New Ed edition (11 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195151151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195151152
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Steve Reich was recently called "America's greatest living composer by The Village Voice. His most recent work is the digital video/music theater Three Tales (2002) done in collaboration with Beryl Korot. Paul Hiller is a singer, conductor, and writer on music. He performs ith his own early music Theatre of Voices, and with many other ensembles. He recently won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Music, for his composition Double Sextet.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mistrymister 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 Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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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Great Timeline of Reich's Works 6 Jan. 2008
By David Gerhart - Published on Amazon.com
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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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