Wednesday 10 August 2011
10.15pm – c11.30pm
Royal Albert Hall

  • Steve Reich

    Clapping Music (5 mins)
    • Ensemble Modern
    • Steve Reich percussion
  • Steve Reich

    Electric Counterpoint (15 mins)
    • Ensemble Modern
    • Steve Reich piano
  • Steve Reich

    Music for 18 Musicians (55 mins)
    • Synergy Vocals
    • Ensemble Modern
    • Steve Reich percussion

About this event

The Proms celebrates Steve Reich's 75th birthday year with a distinguished instrumental ensemble - making its first appearance since 2004 - and a clutch of seminal pieces.

While this founding father of American Minimalism remains extraordinarily active, his Music for 18 Musicians is widely recognised as a peak in his own output and that of post-war music in general.

The Ensemble Modern, no strangers to a work whose sonic architecture is founded on subtle shifts of harmonic and rhythmic direction, are sure to illuminate every instrumental strand, pointing connections with the composer's earlier process music.

An amazing score that can be enjoyed on many levels, simultaneously propulsive and calming, this is the first time Music for 18 Musicians has been heard at the Proms.

There will be no interval

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