Chapter

Introduction

Paul Hillier

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the music of Steve Reich. In his music we encounter one of the most radical renewals of musical language in recent times. Beginning in the mid-1960s with an austerely reductive minimalism, Reich gradually built up a richly nuanced yet instantly recognizable sound, which has influenced a number of contemporary and younger composers without being directly imitated. Although the core of this sound was well established by the mid-1970s, it has continued to evolve and is still in the process of change and development. The chapter then details Reich's early life.

Keywords: Steve Reich; minimalism; music; musical language

Chapter.  7605 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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