Item #39934 Writings about Music. Steve REICH.
Writings about Music.


Writings about Music.

NY: New York University Press/Halifax: The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1974. First edition, second state with added note at end of author’s Introduction (the first state contained several typos). 8vo. Perfect bound wrps., 78pp. Illustrated with photographs from several performances, diagrams, and reproductions of scores. Front cover photograph of Steve Reich and Musicians performing “Four Organs” by Peter Moore.

An early collection of writings by Reich, some concerning broad themes in his music, others explaining specific pieces, including an essay on “Four Organs” and another on an unrealised score, “Slow Motion Sound”. It also includes his 1968 essay, “Music as a Gradual Process”, widely considered one of the most influential pieces of post-war music theory. Also included are short ethnomusicological studies on Ghanaian drumming and Balinese Gamelan, notes on the future of dance and music, and a list of works and their performances.

Pages slightly age-toned; small corner crease to lower panel; o/w about Near Fine.

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