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Music for 18 Musicians (1976)

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/9780195151152.003.0021
                   Music for 18 Musicians (1976)

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This chapter presents a program note for the first performance at New York Town Hall on April 24, 1976. Music for 18 Musicians is approximately 55 minutes long. The first sketches were made for it in May 1974 and it was completed in March 1976. Although its steady pulse and rhythmic energy relate to many of Reich's earlier works, its instrumentation, harmony, and structure are new.

Keywords: Music for 18 Musicians; rhythmic energy; instrumentation; harmony; structure

Chapter.  1504 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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