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Know What is above You (1999)

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/9780195151152.003.0064
                   Know What is above You (1999)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Know What is Above You. The piece was written in a little over a week in April 1999. It was commissioned by WNYC in New York City for the early music vocal group Anonymous. Scored for three sopranos and one alto, it is three minutes in duration. The text is an excerpt from Pirke Avot, a small tractate of the Mishna (the earliest part of the Talmud, edited into final form in the 2nd century C.E.), which deals with ethics.

Keywords: Mishna; Talmud; soprano; alto; Pirke Avot; Know What is Above You

Chapter.  286 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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