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New York counterpoint ; Eight lines ; Four organs

Author: Steve Reich; Evan Ziporyn; Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Publisher: New York : Nonesuch, ℗1997.
Edition/Format:   Music CD : CD audio : No Linguistic Content
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Steve Reich's take on what's popularly been called minimalism has been to illuminate the nature of musical phrases played in staccato fashion on various instruments and then variously "phase shift" their lines into new, contrapuntal relationships. This music can either delight or annoy, and Reich has done both in his time. Fortunately, on this disc the music itself is neither too complex to play nor too difficult to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Music
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Reich; Evan Ziporyn; Bang on a Can All-Stars.
OCLC Number: 44124861
Notes: Minimal music.
The first work for multi-tracked clarinet; the 2nd for 2 pianos, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 4 violins, 2 violas, and 2 cellos; the 3rd for 4 electronic organs and maracas.
Compact disc.
Durations: 11:00; 17:39; 15:53.
Program notes inserted in container.
Performer(s): Evan Ziporyn, clarinets (1st work) ; Bang on a Can (remainder).
Event notes: Recorded and mixed in New York, 1996.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: Compact disc.
Contents: New York counterpoint. Fast (5:03) ; Slow (2:44) ; Fast (3:22) --
Eight lines (octet) (17:39) --
Four organs (15:53).
Medium of Performance: clarinet
electronics
flute
clarinet
piano
violin
viola
cello
electronic keyboard
maraca
Other Titles: Eight lines.
Four organs.
Instrumental music.
Responsibility: Steve Reich.

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Steve Reich's take on what's popularly been called minimalism has been to illuminate the nature of musical phrases played in staccato fashion on various instruments and then variously "phase shift" their lines into new, contrapuntal relationships. This music can either delight or annoy, and Reich has done both in his time. Fortunately, on this disc the music itself is neither too complex to play nor too difficult to follow, and it could stand as an excellent primer for Reich's early minimalism. What genuinely triumphs on this disc is Octet (of 1979/80). It's an athletic work that brings various instruments into and out of play in carefully cadenced rhythmic patterns that are typical of Reich's very best writing. For Reich fans, though, there might not be anything new here; newbies, however, should be quite taken. --Paul Cook.

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