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Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich


A landmark in modern music history with students and staff at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
In the period 1974–1976 Steve Reich (1936–) wrote one of his greatest works, Music for 18 Muscians. The work reflects his minimalistic style with a mixture of pulsating and repetitive rhythmic and melodic patterns and simple harmony.
Today the hour-long piece appears as a powerful, distinctive listening experience for the audience and a source of inspiration to create new music across genres. The work, inspired by Ghanese and Balinese music, has the effect of being able to draw performers and audience alike into a dreamlike state.
Music for 18 Musicians has been a project at the Norwegian Academy of Music over several years. It has been performed at the Øya Festival, at a closed-down restaurant formerly frequented by artists and in an underground station in Oslo.
It is quite a distance from Indonesia to western Norway, but in Håkonshallen the Academy performs a practically acoustic version with links to Norwegian folk music. The ensemble consists of staff members and postgraduate students.
‘The music (and the gymnastics involved in executing Reich’s tag-team approach to shift work) floored me. Astonishing,’ said David Bowie of a live performance in New York in the late 1970s.
Norwegian Academy of Music
STEVE REICH (1936–) Music for 18 Musicians
The ensemble will also perform Music for 18 Musicians at the train station on 01 June at 11:30 and 14:30. 
​​​​​​​Photo: Paal Audestad/NMH

  • Last Updated: 05/07/2018
  • Source: Bergen Reiselivslag

Thu, May 31, 2018 7:30 PM 8:30 PM

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