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Prom 37: Steve Reich

Endymion and BBC Singers under David Hill recorded at the 2014 BBC Proms in a work by minimalism's founding father Steve Reich, The Desert Music.

BBC Singers and David Hill recorded at the BBC Proms with an iconic work by Minimalism's founding father.

Steve Reich: The Desert Music (chamber version)

BBC Singers
David Hill (conductor)

Steve Reich's extraordinary musical vision The Desert Music' 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.

Concert originally broadcast 13/08/2014.

50 minutes

Music Played

  • Steve Reich

    The Desert music for 27 voices and orchestra

    Choir: BBC Singers. Ensemble: Endymion Ensemble. Conductor: David Hill.