The composer Steve Reich talks to John Wilson

The American composer Steve Reich will be celebrating his 80th birthday next week. As he prepares to attend a series of events around the UK to mark his eight decades, the influential pioneer of minimal music looks back over his career, including his compositions It's Gonna Rain, Drumming, Clapping Music, and Different Trains.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Different Trains

Different Trains

Different Trains by Steve Reich is performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra and Sound Intermedia at Edge Hill station, Liverpool, accompanied by a specially-commissioned Bill Morrison film.

Image to the left: John Wilson (Left) with Steve Reich

Main image above: Steve Reich, credit: Jeffrey Herman

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Steve Reich at 80

Steve Reich at 80

Performances of his works, a talk and a video installation honour Steve Reich at 80  at the Barbican Centre, London from  05 - 06 November 2016.

The weekend is the start of "The Sounds that Changed America", a season which celebrates the music of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams.


Image: Steve Reich

Image credit: Wonge Bergmann

Steve Reich's Runner premiere

Steve Reich's Runner premiere

The Royal Ballet  is creating a new one-act work to be performed at the world premiere of Steve Reich's composition Runner, to mark both Reich's 80th and Wayne McGregor's 10th anniversary as Resident Choreographer. From 10 - 19 November at the Royal Opera House, London.

Image: Wayne McGregor

Image credit: Nick Mead



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Interviewed GuestSteve Reich
PresenterJohn Wilson
ProducerJerome Weatherald

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