Tag Archives: Minimalism

What Makes it Great: Steve Reich

In honor of his wining the Pulitzer, Rob Kapilow’s dedicated an episode of “What Makes it Great” to Steve Reich’s Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ.

As always, Kapilow provides a good, accessible explanation that can serve as a good starting point for those who aren’t familiar with Reich and minimalism, or for those who are familiar but maybe never really “got” it in the past.

Steve Reich Wins Pulitzer

This just in from NPR: Steve Reich has won the Pulitzer for his piexce Double Sextet.

The timing of this is quite apropos for me, as I just finished Ross’ thoughts on Reich in his book “The Rest is Noise”. I think Ross’ comments on his site speak for many: Finally.

Perhaps we’re seeing some reconciliation between music criticism and music listening? Maybe that dichotomy between music that is aesthetically praised and what people actually listen to is starting to lessen?

It remains to be seen.