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Prom 37: Steve Reich

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Endymion and the BBC Singers perform two famous works by Steve Reich: It's Gonna Rain and a chamber version of The Desert Music.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Two iconic works by Minimalism's founding father: Steve Reich

Steve Reich: It's Gonna Rain

Steve Reich: The Desert Music (chamber version)

Endymion
BBC Singers
David Hill (conductor)

Heaven and hell come together in a late night Prom which includes Steve Reich's extraordinary musical vision The Desert Music' which tells of the end of the world as imagined in the apocalypse of the post-nuclear age. Texts by William Carlos Williams are set for amplified voices, strings, synthesisers and a huge array of percussion; since its composition in 1983 it has become one of Reich's most iconic works. Paired with it, 'It's Gonna Rain' - an early experimental tape piece layering the recorded sound of a charismatic street preacher.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Steve Reich

    It's Gonna Rain

    Orchestra: Endymion. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Steve Reich

    The Desert Music

    Orchestra: Endymion. Conductor: David Hill.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Singers

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