English | ISBN: 0190605286 | 2019 | 416 Pages | PDF | 12 MB
Described by music critic Alex Ross as “the most original musical thinker of our time” and having received innumerable accolades in a career spanning over fifty years, composer Steve Reich is considered by many to be America’s greatest contemporary composer. His music, however, remains largely underresearched. Rethinking Reich redresses this imbalance, providing a space for prominent and emerging scholars to reassess the composer’s contribution to music in the twentieth century. Featuring fourteen tightly focused and multifarious essays on various aspects of Reich’s work-ranging from analytical, aesthetic, and archival studies to sociocultural, philosophical, and ethnomusicological reflections-this edited volume reveals new insights, including those enabled by access to the growing Steve Reich Collection at the Paul Sacher Foundation archive, the premier institution for primary research on twentieth-century and contemporary classical music. This volume takes on the timely task of challenging the hegemony of Reich’s own articulate and convincing discourses on his music, as found in his Writings on Music (OUP, 2002), and breaks new ground in the broader field of minimalism studies.