Steve Reich, Busy as Ever, Enters His Late Period

By Pratik 

 Nov 3,2022

Steve Reich -- one of the greatest living composers, who has a distinctively vibrating sound and a spot in the history of Minimalist pioneers -- just reached 86. 

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This isn't the normal type of age, typically in multiples of five which you'll often observe at a concert 

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such as Carnegie Hall's celebration of his honor at the end of Tuesday. However, that's the world of pandemics that we live in.

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However, delays aside it was a very memorable year for Reich who had been long ago removed from the city scene to the world of classical music 

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as well as from performing his music as he struggled to pay his $65 rental to be an audience of all kinds. 

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But he was never able to abandon the enigmatic, exploratory character of his music, particularly when it came to "Traveler's Prayer," which was given its American premiere in Carnegie. Carnegie concert.

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"I've been saying," Reich laughed during the course of an interview "'I'm 85 years old; what have you done this year?'"

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For the first time, there have been two major albums that include the first recordings from "Runner" (2016) and its bigger successor "Music for Ensemble and Orchestra" (2018) music in arch form, 

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which perform with different note durations with a steady rhythm, performed with passion by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Susanna Malkki. 

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