Triple Quartet (1999)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI:
Triple Quartet (1999)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Triple Quartet. Triple Quartet exists in three versions: one for string quartet and pre-recorded tape, another for three string quartets (12 players), and a third for part of an orchestral string section (36 players). The initial inspiration for the piece comes from the last movement of Bartók's Fourth Quartet. While no musical material is taken from that of Bartók, its energy was Reich's starting point.

Keywords: string quartet; orchestral string section; Triple Quartet; Fourth Quartet

Chapter.  402 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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