The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax

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Steve Reich
Writings About Music

Rare first edition copy of the highly influential Steve Reich book of texts,”Writings About Music”, first published in 1974 by The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

In the mid-1960s, American composer Steve Reich radically renewed the musical landscape, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, to pioneer what became minimal music. These early Reich works, characterised by a relentless pulse and static harmony, focused single-mindedly on the process of gradual rhythmic change. Throughout his career, Reich has continued to reinvigorate the music world, drawing from a wide array of classical, popular, sacred, and non-western idioms. His works reflect the steady evolution of an original musical mind.

In 1974 Reich published the book Writings About Music, containing essays on his philosophy, aesthetics, and musical projects written between 1963 and 1974. The book features, amongst many other texts and studies, Reich’s 1968 essay “Music as a Gradual Process,” widely considered one of the most influential pieces of music theory in the second half of the 20th century.

* Condition: Good-Very Good (light general age tanning to edges and light use) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Steve Reich - Writings About Music (1974)
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