Mr. Reich will speak about his work and play sample recordings from his oeuvre, especially WTC 9/11 (2009), and he and Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, will have a public conversation.
From his early compositions in taped speech It’s Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966) to his digital video opera Three Tales (2002, with video artist Beryl Korot), Steve Reich has evolved a distinctive style marked by simple melodies and pronounced rhythm, repetition, and variation. His music has sources in the Western Classical tradition but also in non-Western and vernacular structures, harmonies, and rhythms. His work has been performed widely and he has received numerous commissions from prestigious institutions. Among other distinctions, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2009, for Double Sextet.
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