Friday, March 2, 2012

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians [1976]

For Fans Of: Pulsating melodies
Genres: Minimalism, Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde
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Here's something a litte different from what we usually post. If you have never heard of Steve Reich, he is an American composer and minimalism pioneer. His composition Music for 18 Musicians was written for a cello, two clarinets, four pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, a metallopohone, and four women's voices. Each section of the work has its own defining melody that when stringed together becomes one great musical specimen. I'd recommend this to anyone with a passing interest in minimalism, contemporary classical, and/or music itself. It's also available on vinyl via Discogs if you happen to have $60 to spare.

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