Six Pianos (1973)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI:
Six Pianos (1973)

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This chapter presents Reich's account of composing Six Pianos. Six Pianos was completed in March 1973. It begins with three pianists all playing the same eight-beat rhythmic pattern but with different notes for each player. Two of the other pianists then begin in unison to gradually build up the exact pattern of one of the pianists already playing by first playing the notes of his fifth beat on the seventh beat of their measure, then his first beat on their third beat, and so on, until they have constructed the same pattern with the same notes, but two beats out of phase.

Keywords: pianists; composition; Six Pianos

Chapter.  378 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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