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Reich, Steve

(Stephen Michael Reich), 1936–, American composer, b. New York City. A well-known exponent of minimalismminimalism,
schools of contemporary art and music, with their origins in the 1960s, that have emphasized simplicity and objectivity. Minimalism in the Visual Arts
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, he attended Cornell (B.A., 1957), Juilliard (1958–61), and Mills College (M.A., 1963), where he studied with Darius MilhaudMilhaud, Darius
, 1892–1974, French composer. Milhaud studied at the Paris Conservatory. In Brazil (1917–19) as an aide to Paul Claudel, poet and French minister to Brazil, he became acquainted with Brazilian folk music.
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 and Luciano BerioBerio, Luciano
, 1925–2003, Italian composer, b. Oneglia. After studying at the Milan Conservatory and working as a coach and conductor in Italian opera houses, Berio was introduced in 1952 to serial music by Luigi Dallapiccola, and a nondoctrinaire serialism subsequently
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. Also influenced by John CageCage, John,
1912–92, American composer, b. Los Angeles. A leading figure in the musical avant-garde from the late 1930s, he attended Pomona College and later studied with Arnold Schoenberg, Adolph Weiss, and Henry Cowell.
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, he began to create experimental works in the 1960s, showing an interest in electronic and tape-recorded elements. He founded his own ensemble in 1966 and by the late 1960s was composing works based on the almost hypnotic repetition of short modular units of minutely changing chords, tonal progressions, chiming timbres, and steady rhythms. Having studied drumming in childhood, he has retained an interest in percussion and has incorporated such instruments as the Balinese gamelan and Ghanian tribal drums into his compositions. Voice is also an important component of many of his works. Critics have noted that over the years his works have become both more intimate, freer, and more expansive. Reich's compositions include the film score for Plastic Haircut (1963), Drumming (1971), Music for 18 Musicians (1974–76), Tehillim (1981), Different Trains (1988), City Life (1994), Proverb (1995), Triple Quartet (1999), Three Tales (2002), Double Sextet (2006; Pulitzer Prize), and Pulse (2016).

Reich, Steve

(1936–  ) composer; born in New York City. After musical studies at Juilliard and Mills College (with Berio and Milhaud), he formed a New York ensemble in 1965 to perform his stripped-down, highly repetitive music that was part of the "minimalist" movement. From the small ensembles of his early music, he extended his forces (the Music for 18 Musicians of 1975) and continued to use electronic and mixed-media means (the Different Trains of 1988, for live and taped strings).
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