|Music For 18 Musicians|
|innova 678||Steve Reich, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble||Steve Reich, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble - Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians (SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album)||Innova Recordings||innova 678||US||2007|
Music for 18 Musicians is a work of musical minimalism composed by Steve Reich during 1974–1976. Its world premiere was on April 24, 1976, at The Town Hall in New York City. Following this, a recording of the piece was released by ECM New Series in 1978. In his introduction to the score, Reich mentions that although the piece is named Music for 18 Musicians, it is not necessarily advisable to perform the piece with that few players due to the extensive doubling it requires.
In this case, Grand Valley State University's New Music Ensemble does a very nice performance, and its own unique "fingerprint" is apparent without the ensemble taking liberties with the score. Bottom line: if you enjoy the piece, as I do, it's nice to hear a slightly different take on what you might be familiar with, and this record delivers. I can't imagine a lovelier gift for Steve Reich's 70th birthday than when this group from an obscure Allendale, Michigan school showed up at the New York City Bang on a Can Marathon in June 2007 & gave a warmly idiomatic, accomplished sunrise performance of "Music for 18 Musicians. True, the "conductor" & several of the students had consulted with members of the Steve Reich Ensemble & met the composer. But Reich probably never expected they'd do this well.
Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is an interesting work to approach in a repertory sense; although it is fully scored out and quite practical to perform, its rather unique instrumentation calls for an ensemble of the kind that generally doesn't tumble out every time one opens the door and is, in itself, kind of a special circumstance.
Grand Valley State University is not known for its music department. But the New Music Ensemble at the small Midwestern college has impressed the critics and the composer with a new recording of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. Now more than three decades old, Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians has become an icon of 20th-century American music. At almost an hour in length, the piece unfolds like a slowly shifting dream, with sections of repeated material ebbing and flowing around a cycle of 11 chords. It's scored for strings, percussion, woodwinds and voices, and takes tremendous concentration on the part of the 18 players. To this day, the work is mainly performed by the composer and his loyal group of musicians.
Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians, rehearsal (1 week to concert). Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble-On the New Music Map. Extract Chords. 11 Rough Fields - Music for 18 Musicians: XI. Section IX.
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