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Speaking of Music:
An Evening With Steve Reich

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 136 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

On October 3, 1985, composer Steve Reich celebrated his 49th birthday by appearing at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, as the featured guest on the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. He discussed his career and compositional style with host Charles Amirkhanian and presented excerpts from his “Music for 18 Musicians”, and “Tehillim”. However most of the program was devoted to his then recently completed orchestral piece, “Desert Music”, which is a setting of the poetry of William Carlos Williams. Reich goes into great detail about the structure of the piece and how it was recorded, as well as answering questions from the audience.

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Musical Selections:  Music for 18 Musicians, for vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble [excerpt] (1974-76) (3:00) -- Tehillim, for vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble [excerpt from 3rd movement, text from Psalms 18 in Hebrew] (1981) (5:44) -- Desert Music: First Movement (7:54) ; Second Movement (6:59) ; Third Movement, Part One (6:59) ; Third Movement, Part Two (5:54), for chorus and orchestra [text by William Carlos Williams] (1982-84)
Performers:  Steve Reich and Musicians (Music ; Tehillim ; Desert)
Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic (Desert)
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (Desert)
Genres:  New Music; Minimalism
Subject:  Reich, Steve, 1936-; Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963; New music; Minimal music; Composition (Music); Vocal quartets with instrumental ensemble; Sacred vocal quartets with instrumental ensemble; Psalms (Music); Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963; Thomas, Michael Tilson, 1944-
Recording Date:  10/3/1985
First Broadcast Date:  10/8/1986
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Desert Music: Third Movement, Part Three (5:55) ; Fourth Movement (3:35) ; Fifth Movement (10:46), for chorus and orchestra [text by William Carlos Williams] (1982-84)
Performers:  Steve Reich and Musicians
Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Genres:  New Music; Minimalism
Subject:  New music; Minimal music; Composition (Music); Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963; Thomas, Michael Tilson, 1944-
Recording Date:  10/3/1985
First Broadcast Date:  10/8/1986
 
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