Steve Reich at 80

A happy birthday to Steve Reich, who turned 80 yesterday. For those wishing to get to know or revisit some of his key works, take a look at this article, which describes 10 pieces beginning with It’s Gonna Rain (1965) and finishing with Radio Rewrite (2012).

Here also are some videos in which he talks about his life and work:

Steve Reich in Conversation with Mohsen Mostafi 

Reich speaks about his work and plays sample recording from his oeuvre.

The Rest Is Noise | Steve Reich in conversation with Gillian Moore (2013)

Part of The Rest Is Noise – Southbank Centre’s year long celebration of 20th Century classical music – composer Steve Reich speaks to Head of Classical Music Gillian Moore. 

Steve Reich: Playing Music/Talking Music

Steve Reich discusses his career and the current state of contemporary classical music with Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Justin Davidson, of New York magazine.

Steve Reich in Conversation with Bang on a Can Co-founder David Lang (2014)

Reich and Lang spoke in MASS MoCA’s Sol LeWitt retrospective after Bang on a Can staged a performance of his compositions. Hear them speak about his friendship with LeWitt, his compositions and his work Radio Rewrite.

Reich and Sondheim: In Conversation and Performance (2015)

For the first time, on January 31, 2015, the two luminaries and mutual admirers appeared together on stage for a conversation moderated by WNYC’s John Schaefer and a performance of several of their milestone works.

Steve Reich and Michael Snow, Appel Salon (2016)

Steve Reich in conversation with Canadian artist Michael Snow. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Sook-Yin Lee.

Originally posted at Composition:Today ©Red Balloon Technology