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Concert to celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th Birthday
19th October 2016 @ 7:45 pm - 10:30 pm£12 - £23
Concert to celebrate 80th birthday of Steve Reich
Steve Reich: Different Trains; Clapping Music; City Life; Proverb; Know What is Above You
A concert celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday and his remarkable contribution to contemporary classical music. He is one of a handful of composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history. The minimalist works Different Trains and City Life (performed with visuals) both use amplification alongside samplers and recordings of speech fragments, while Clapping Music has become one of his most famous and accessible works.
“Different Trains” concerns a journey through Reich’s childhood covering the years 1939 to 1942 when he travelled back and forth between New York and Los Angeles with his governess (Reich’s parents were divorced). She is interviewed along with Lawrence Davis, a retired black porter, who worked the trains between New York and Los Angeles. Had Reich been in Europe at this time, his Jewish faith would have caused him to experience very different train journeys, hence the title. The work falls into three movements: America before the war, Europe during the war, and the subsequent post-war situation.
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