The Future of Music for the Next 150 Years (1994)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI:
The Future of Music for the Next 150 Years (1994)

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This chapter presents Reich's response to a question about the next 150 years posed by The Musical Times as part of its 150th anniversary issue in February 1994. He says that while it is obviously impossible to say what will be the case 150 years from now in terms of classical music, clearly present tendencies and problems will lead to a very different situation than the one we find today. He is particularly interested in how digital sampling will be developed by composers, since that allows the use of literally any sound played by keyboard, percussion pad, or other instrument within a musical ensemble.

Keywords: The Musical Times; classical music; digital sampling; composers

Chapter.  471 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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