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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.
The ensemble consists of staff members and postgraduate students. Music for 18 Muscians is performed three times at the Festival. In addition to these two concerts at the train station, the ensemble will perform a practically acoustic version with links to Norwegian folk music.
‘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
Photo: Paal Audestad/NMH

  • Last Updated: 05/07/2018
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