Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI:
Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Music for Pieces of Wood. The piece grows out of the same roots as Clapping Music: a desire to make music with the simplest possible instruments. The claves, or cylindrical pieces of hard wood, used here were selected for their particular pitches (A, B, C♯, D♯, and D♯ an octave above), and for their resonant timbre. This piece is one of the loudest Reich has ever composed, but uses no amplification whatsoever.

Keywords: claves; resonant timbre; wood instruments

Chapter.  114 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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