Cambridge Music Festival: Steve Reich at 80

Tuesday 8 November 2016
Cambridge Corn Exchange - CB2 3QE
‘Reich is the most original musical thinker of our time…’ THE NEW YORKER

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The Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals
Steve Reich *

Steve Reich
Clapping Music * (5’)
Music for Pieces of Wood (10’)
Mallet Quartet (16’)
Music for 18 Musicians  (55’)

If you enjoyed Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble in 2014, you will love this!

Steve Reich is the father of minimalism and ‘clapping’ is the essence of that style. Two people – here with Reich and Colin Currie – generate a few mesmerising minutes of phased, interlocking rhythms. And ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ is one of Reich’s large-scale masterpieces. Four grand pianos, marimbas, xylophones, voices, strings and clarinets combine to create pulsing rhythms, shifting patterns and long-breathed phrases that build like waves. The effect is mesmerising.

‘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.’


‘The Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals produced a quite exceptional performance … incredibly powerful.’


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Running time:
1st Half: 26 Minutes
20 Minute interval
2nd Half: 55 Minutes