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Drumming (1971)

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/9780195151152.003.0010
Drumming (1971)

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This chapter presents Reich's account of his composition of Drumming between the fall of 1970 and the fall of 1971. To the frequent question of what influence his visit to Africa in the summer of 1970 had on Drumming, Reich answers confirmation. It confirmed his intuition that acoustic instruments could be used to produce music that was genuinely richer in sound than that produced with electronic instruments, as well as confirming his natural inclination toward percussion.

Keywords: percussion; Drumming; composition; Africa; acoustic instruments

Chapter.  1418 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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