steve reichs

I’m working on a project regarding race in classical music in the context of contemporary composition, and I thought I’d share some of the papers I’ve come upon! Enjoy.

Come Out to Show the Split Subject: Steve Reich, Whiteness, and the Avant–Garde

John Cage’s Entanglement with the Ideas of Coomaraswamy

Reich in Blackface: Oh Dem Watermelons and Radical Minstrelsy in the 1960s

Improvisation as ‘Other’: Creativity, Knowledge and Power – The Case of Iranian Classical Music

Music Education, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism – Can We Talk?

Black Moral Authority, Jazz, and the Changeable Shape of Whiteness

Negotiating Freedom- Values and Practices in Contemporary Improvised Music

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(via Steve Reich - Nagoya Marimbas - YouTube)

The sighs as classical composers
  • Aries: Dvorak
  • Taurus: Nicki Minaj
  • Gemini: Berlioz
  • Cancer: Rachmaninov
  • Leo: Hindemith
  • Virgo: Phillip Glass
  • Libra: Liszt
  • Scorpio: Bach
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricorn: Brahms
  • Aquarius: Mendelssohn
  • Pisces: Steve Reich

 names + working links to the songs matty just shared

1.  Steve Reich- Music for 18 Musicians Section 2 

2.  Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding

3.  Liquid Liquid - Cavern 

3.  Billie Holiday - I Must Have That Man! (1937) (he had two #3′s lol)

4.  CFCF - Cometrue

5.  Helios - Halving The Compass

6.  Ramleh - Chicago Balloon Riders

7.  Glassjaw - Cosmopolitan Blood Loss

8.  Mineral - Palisade

9. The Sundays - Goodbye

10.  The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning

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Reich - Octet, “Eight Lines”


I listened to this on the train the other day, slowly rolling into the city. After just a few minutes in, you start to lose sense of any melody and only notice the color and rhythm [as with most Reich pieces]

Crash & Collide

Screeching tires, scream I LOVE YOU

we’re all waiting on the snow too

whitewashed pavement, dirty secrets

write my name down, you can keep it


sleeping pills

straddling the line

its never safe to be fine

alone on the lake,

I stay up so late

but I can’t stand the quiet

so, I keep the music playing


as a strong wind arises

Steve Reich gives me guidance

you didn’t leave me,

I left you

I guess thats the issue I can’t work through

-R&C

2015 DCI World Class Music Selections

The Academy- A Step In Time (Step In Time and other selections from the Mary Poppins soundtrack)

Blue Devils- Ink (Dark Forest by David Glyde, Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party by Gordon Goodwin, I Like You by GOT7, Children Will Listen by Stephen Sondheim, Last Midnight by Stephen Sondheim)

Blue Knights- Because (Because by The Beatles, Rush by Bocook Shah Jackson, Apres Moi by Regina Spektor, I’m Alive by Adam Watts, Fly to Paradise by Eric Whitacre

Blue Stars- Side Show (Entrance of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze by Gaston Lyle & Alfred Lee, I Will Never Leave You by Henry Krieger & Bill Russell, Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim, Carnivale by Jeff Beal, Original music - by Richard Saucedo, Ian Grom, John Mapes)

Bluecoats- Kinetic Noise (Shaker Loops by John Adams, Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich, Woods by Bon Iver, Gene Takes a Drink by Michael Gordon, The Animated Description of Mr. Maps by The Books, Dense - by Univers Zero)

Boston Crusaders- Conquest (Game of Thrones Main Title by Ramin Djawadi, Conquest by Alfred Newman, Palladio by Karl Jenkins, Take What is Ours by Brian Tyler, Five Variants From Dives & Lazarus by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Battle by Hans Zimmer, Original Music - by Ryan George and Ellis Hampton)

The Cadets- The Power of Ten (Symphonic Movement by Vaclav Nelhybel, Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (mvmnt ii and iv) by Dmitri Shostakovich, Mulholland Drive/Love Theme by Angelo Badalamenti)

Carolina Crown- Inferno (Gates of Hell by Thom Hannum and Tony Nunez, Dies Irae by Giuseppe Verdi, Symphony for Organ and Orchestra by Aaron Copeland, Adagio in G Minor by Remo Giazotto, Symphony No. 9 by Ludiwig van Beethoven)

The Cavaliers- Game On (Fetes from Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, Macrotus by James Newton Howard, On The Shoulders of Giants by Peter Graham, Run Boy Run by Woodkid, Symphony No. 8: Finale by Anton Bruckner)

Colts- And A Shot Rings Out (Man With The Golden Arm by Elmer Bernstien, Lex by Michael Daugherty, Science Fiction by Christian McBride, Moanin’ by Charles Mingus, original musc by Chuck Naffier and David Nelson, Lay Me Down by Sam Smith)

Crossmen- Above and Beyond (Fly To Paradise by Eric Whitacre, Jubal Step by Wynton Marsalis, One Day I’ll Fly Away by Will Jennings, Butterfly by Rajaton)

Jersey Surf- Sun Surfing (Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John, Wipeout by The Surfaris, Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys)

Madison Scouts- 78th and Madison (NYC by Strouse, Gotta Dance by Brown, Good Morning  by Brown, Got Rhythm by Gershwin, Moses Supposes by Eden, The Boy Next Door by Martin, Traffic Jammin’ by Tyzik, Get Happy by Arlen, Happy Days are Here Again by Ager)

Oregon Crusaders- Midnight Garden (Cinderella Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, Who Is She by Patrick Doyle, Pumpkin Pursuit by Patrick Doyle)

Pacific Crest- The Catalyst (Scythian Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, Final Fantasy, by Uematsu, Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode, Angels in the Architecture by Frank Tichelli)

Phantom Regiment- City of Light (I Love Paris by Cole Porter, Horoscope by Constant Lambert, Claire De Lune by Claude Debussy, An American in Paris by George Gershwin, Symphony Number 3 by Camille Saint-Saens)

Santa Clara Vanguard- The Spark of Invention (Virus Attack by Amin Bhatia, Original work based on Invention No.13 in A Minor by JS Bach, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, JD Shaw, Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by John Corigliano)

Spirit of Atlanta- Out of the Ashes (Taras’ Theme by Max Steiner, Southern Harmony by Donald Grantham, Full Pull Cage Match by Scott Mcallister, Harmonium: Wild Nights by John Adams, Original Music by William Pitts, Ben Pyles and Greg Tsalikis)

The Troopers- Wild Horses (Dreamer by John  Debney, Open Spaces by Robert W Smith, Wild Horses by Natasha Bedingfield, Adrenaline City by Adam Gorb)

Why don’t orchestras have after-parties? When I did big fiddle gigs we’d all get together afterwards and jam all night, it was great.

There would be so much instrument variety!

“Where’s the bassoons?”

“They’re in the kitchen watching the flutes flight over who can play Flight of the Bumblebee fastest”

“What about the percussionists?”

“They were doing an homage to Steve Reich on the roof, but the violas took away the ladder”

The other thing that really struck me about it is the word ‘everything’, sung to one-five-one, the tonic, the dominant and the tonic. The tonic and the dominant are the end of every Beethoven symphony, the end of everything in classical music, that’s the way it goes. In the tune, those notes actually sound kind of distant because of the harmonies, they don’t sound like the tonic and dominant. And the word: 'everything.’ I’m sure Thom did it intuitively, I’m sure he wasn’t thinking about it. I’ve seen him playing the piano and he’s completely lost in it, the way he should be, but it’s perfect, it is> everything.
—  Steve Reiche, talking about Everytyhing In It’s Right Place - The Guardian