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Re: Steve Reich (b. 1936)
« Reply #80 on: April 09, 2021, 05:52:22 AM »
I oppose any/all music written in reference to 9/11, actually any tragedy of that scale.  Reich, Glass, Adams, and the rest working in that style are not for me, but especially not for me concerning that piece.

Out of curiosity, would the Holocaust be off limits for you as well?
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« Reply #81 on: April 09, 2021, 10:16:03 AM »
Yes.  I don't like music or art to have a message, and political messages are the worst.

Ah, I thought you were going to say something about Reich jumping in to capitalise on a human tragedy.
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« Reply #82 on: April 09, 2021, 11:18:51 AM »
IMO, the greater the tragedy the inadequacy of music is underscored, and I feel it, in a way, trivializes the grief of those most directly impacted.

I understand, and to some extent sympathise.
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Re: Steve Reich (b. 1936)
« Reply #83 on: April 09, 2021, 06:42:50 PM »
I understand, and to some extent sympathise.
I do too. Most films about the Holocaust, for example, are terrible, including Schindler’s List. Lanzmann is the exception there. I’ve a friend who believes abstract expressionism and minimalism are meant to distract people from from their exploitation. But I much prefer art about more ontological or abstract experience. On the other other hand, how can we understand the Holocaust except through art? Not art alone of course.

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Re: Steve Reich (b. 1936)
« Reply #84 on: April 10, 2021, 09:02:47 AM »
IMO, the greater the tragedy the inadequacy of music is underscored, and I feel it, in a way, trivializes the grief of those most directly impacted.

Isn't this trivialization in the ear (and expectations) of the beholder?

My favorite composer is notorious for the political bent of almost all his works. I find nothing other than utmost respect, belief and hope in and for the causes he expressed and provided commentary on through his music. Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz is a fitting, deeply personal commentary on the horrors of the Holocaust.
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Re: Steve Reich (b. 1936)
« Reply #85 on: April 10, 2021, 06:50:39 PM »
Isn't this trivialization in the ear (and expectations) of the beholder?

My favorite composer is notorious for the political bent of almost all his works. I find nothing other than utmost respect, belief and hope in and for the causes he expressed and provided commentary on through his music. Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz is a fitting, deeply personal commentary on the horrors of the Holocaust.
gosh I’ve never heard that piece. I shall search it today.

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Re: Steve Reich (b. 1936)
« Reply #86 on: January 13, 2022, 01:55:51 PM »
His latest work is very nice:

Steve Reich - Traveler's Prayer (2020)

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Colin Currie Group with Synergy Vocals

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« Reply #87 on: May 12, 2022, 10:47:46 AM »
On the 50th anniversary of Clapping Music (1972), a fine appreciation (though I'm not crazy about the headline):

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/music/2022/05/how-steve-reichs-clapping-music-rebooted-classical

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Re: Steve Reich (b. 1936)
« Reply #88 on: July 27, 2022, 04:57:14 AM »
Anyone who likes early Steve Reich will want to check out this fabulous new film version of Violin Phase (1967) with Jonathan Morton, principal violin of the London Sinfonietta. (Technology makes possible "Jonathan x 4," which clarifies the phasing.) Morton takes it a bit faster than the original recording, with the late, great Paul Zukofsky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF479y9Gsr8

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