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Minimalism pioneer Steve Reich's list of innovations is as long as his list of awards and recognitions- which include GRAMMYs® and Pulitzers.  The Desert Music is perhaps Reich’s most ambitious orchestral score to date – a setting for chorus and large orchestra, of texts by the American poet William Carlos Williams. It is a highly symphonic piece which is inspired by Reich’s own travels in California’s Mojave Desert, the White Sands – and perhaps in particular the Alamogordo in New Mexico.

Featured Release:

REICH, S.: Desert Music (The) / 3 Movements (Chorus sine nomine, Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra, K. Jarvi)

Companion Titles:

REICH, S.: Drumming (So Percussion)
REICH, S.: Music for 18 Musicians (Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Ryan)
REICH, S.: Phase Patterns / Pendulum music / Piano Phase / Four Organs (Ensemble Avantgarde)
REICH: Sextet / Piano Phase / Eight Lines
REICH, S.: Different Trains / Triple Quartet (version for string orchestra) / The 4 Sections (Lyon National Orchestra, D. Robertson)
REICH, S.: Electric Counterpoint / SAMMUT, E.: Rotations / STOYANOV, S.: Improvisation for Bulgarian Tapan (Percussive Counterpoint) (Stoyanov)
REICH, S.: Electric Counterpoint / ALVAREZ, J.: Temazcal / FAIRCLOUGH, M.: Audiotectonics III (Burgess)


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