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Music Exploder – Steve Reich


“Completely different Trains: America, Earlier than the Warfare”

Steve Reich is a legendary composer who was one of many pioneers of minimalism. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and the New York Instances known as him “America’s best dwelling composer.” I had the unbelievable honor of getting to talk to Steve Reich about his piece Completely different Trains, written for string quartet and pre-recorded efficiency tape. It was first carried out in 1988 by the Kronos Quartet, and so they launched a recording of it in 1989, which received the Grammy for Greatest Classical Up to date Composition. Completely different Trains is a chunk about World Warfare II and the Holocaust. It’s made up of three actions: America – Earlier than the Warfare, Europe – In the course of the Warfare, and After the Warfare. For this episode, Steve Reich breaks down the primary motion, which was impressed by his personal childhood experiences.

You’ll be able to purchase or stream Completely different Trains: America, Earlier than the Warfare right here.

And you should purchase Steve Reich’s new e book, Conversations right here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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