Non-Western Music and the Western Composer (1988)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI:
Non-Western Music and the Western Composer (1988)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about non-Western music. He says that Western musical structures like canon, fugue, and others are learned considerably later in life and are really only learned well by professionals or well-trained amateurs. These ways of putting music together can thus be transported to another culture more easily because they are not as deeply ingrained in our minds. One can thus create music with one's own sound that is constructed in the light of one's knowledge of non-Western structures.

Keywords: canon; fugue; culture; sound

Chapter.  1560 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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