Articles

The Articles section is an ongoing collection of essays, videos, and documents by performers, scholars, and others who have an association with Steve Reich and/or his music. They address a variety of topics including Drumming and other works by Steve Reich, performance practice, analysis of phasing, music production issues, musings on Reich’s compositions, and Reich’s own thoughts on percussion and rhythm.

Mallet Phase Featured

Marimba Phase/Mallet Phase

Russell HartenbergerA look at the origins of Piano Phase played on two marimbas, the end of phasing as a compositional tool, some of the techniques required to play Marimba Phase, and Garry Kvistad’s adaptation of the piece for just intonation-tuned instruments.

Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich Featured

Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich

Russell HartenbergerAn overview of Russell Hartenberger’s book that provides a performer’s perspective on Steve Reich’s compositions from his iconic minimalist work, Drumming, to his masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians. The book addresses performance issues encountered by musicians in Reich’s original ensemble and the techniques they developed to bring his compositions to life.

Steve Reich Percussive Arts Society

Steve Reich and the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame

Lauren Vogel WeissSteve Reich was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2007 joining some of the members of his ensemble and other esteemed composers of music for percussion. Lauren Vogel Weiss outlines Reich’s career in an article for Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society.

Steve Reich Featured

Thoughts on Percussion and Rhythm

Steve ReichThe composer of Drumming discusses musical intuition, time feel, speech rhythms, electronics, the music of India, and how he uses rhythm in his compositions. He describes his early percussion training and his experience with the music of West Africa and Bali.