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The Desert Music (1984)

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/9780195151152.003.0030
                   The Desert Music (1984)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about The Desert Music, which was begun in September 1982, and completed in December 1983. The title is taken from Dr. Williams's book of collected poems, The Desert Music. From this collection Reich chose parts of The Orchestra and Theocritus: Idyl I-A version from the Greek. From another collection, he chose a small part of Asphodel, That Greeny Flower. There are no complete poems used and the arrangement of parts his my own. This arrangement was his first compositional activity and the form of the piece into a large arch follows the text.

Keywords: Williams; poetry; The Desert Music

Chapter.  2021 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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