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Music as a Gradual Process (1968)

Steve Reich

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/9780195151152.003.0004
                   Music as a Gradual Process (1968)

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This chapter presents Reich's oft-quoted and oft-translated set of observations and aphoristic statements that remain the core exposition of his aesthetic ideals as a young composer beginning to establish a reputation. It was written in New Mexico during the summer of 1968—“trying to clarify for myself what I was doing”—at the suggestion of Richard Serra's wife, sculptor Nancy Graves.

Keywords: New Mexico; aphoristic statements; aesthetic ideals; Nancy Graves

Chapter.  960 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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