Steve Reich Pulse/Quartet LP
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Vinyl LP From Pulitzer Prize Winning
Pulse (2015) is performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)—an
artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and
experienced—and Quartet (2013) is played by the Colin Currie Group, an ensemble
led by percussionist Colin Currie that specializes in the music of Steve Reich;
these are also the ensembles that gave the world premiere performances of the
Reich says, "Pulse, for winds, strings, piano and electric bass, was
completed in 2015 and was, in part, a reaction to Quartet, in which I changed
keys more frequently than in any previous work. In Pulse I felt the need to stay
put harmonically and spin out smoother wind and string melodic lines in canon
over a constant pulse in the electric bass and or piano. From time to time this
constant pulse is accented differently through changing hand alternation
patterns on the piano. All in all, a calmer more contemplative piece."
He continues, "Quartet, when mentioned in the context of concert music, is
generally assumed to mean string quartet. In my case, the quartet that has
played a central role in many of my pieces (besides the string quartet) is that
of two pianos and two percussion. It appears like that or in expanded form with
more pianos or more percussion in The Desert Music; Sextet; Three Movements; The
Four Sections; The Cave; Dance Patterns; Three Tales; You Are (Variations);
Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings; Daniel Variations; Double Sextet; and
Radio Rewrite. In Quartet, there is just this group alone: two vibes and two
"The piece is one of the more complex I have composed. It frequently changes
key and often breaks off continuity to pause or take up new material. Though the
parts are not unduly difficult, it calls for a high level of ensemble
virtuosity. The form is one familiar throughout history: fast, slow, fast,
played without pause. The slow movement introduces harmonies not usually found
in my music."
In April 2009 Steve Reich was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his
composition Double Sextet.
Steve Reich has been hailed as "America's greatest living composer" (The
"the most original musical thinker of our time" (The New Yorker)
"among the great composers of the century" (New York Times).
From his early taped speech pieces It's Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966) to
his and video artist Beryl Korot's digital video opera Three Tales (2002),
Reich's path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music, but the
structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music,
"There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to
have altered the direction of musical history, and Steve Reich is one of them,"
states The Guardian (London).
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