October’s composer of the month is Steve Reich.
Born: October 3, 1936
• Reich’s music was not well-received initially, and he had to work as a taxi driver and social worker to earn a living.
• In 1967, Reich formed a collective ensemble with fellow composer Philip Glass. They also formed a moving company — Chelsea Light Moving.
• Reich was inspired to visit Ghana in 1970 to study with master drummer Gideon Alorwoyie, resulting in his 90-minute work, Drumming.
• Critic Kyle Gann has stated that Reich may be considered “America’s greatest living composer.”
• Steve Reich won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his Double Sextet.
Three important works:
• Piano Phase (1967)
• Clapping Music (1972)
• Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76)
Audio Backpack playlist: Steve Reich