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Proverb (1995)

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/9780195151152.003.0058
Proverb (1995)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Proverb, which was cocommissioned by the BBC Proms as part of their 100th Anniversary season in 1995 and by the Early Music Festival of Utrecht. The idea for Proverb was originally suggested by Paul Hillier, who thought of a primarily vocal piece with six voices and two percussion. What resulted was a piece for three sopranos, two tenors, two vibraphones, and two electric organs, with a short text from Ludwig Wittgenstein. Since Paul Hillier is well known as a conductor and singer of early music and since Reich shares an interest in this period of Western music, he looked once again at the works of Perotin for guidance and inspiration.

Keywords: Proverb; BBC; Perotin; Paul Hillier; Ludwig Wittgenstein

Chapter.  713 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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