Thursday, April 08, 2010
Had the unusual pleasure of hearing an earlier Steve Reich orchestral work for the first time, Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards from 1979. I've heard nearly every other work by him, some in several versions. Reich doesn't like it, it was his first piece for orchestra, but he stops short of suggesting one not bother listening to it. It's friendly music. "Section IIIB" is from Music for 18 Musicians, one of his masterpieces.