George Crumb & Steve Reich
George Crumb (born October 24, 1929) is an American composer of contemporary classical music. He is noted as an explorer of unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques. Stephen Michael Steve Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer who together with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, is a pioneering composer of minimal music. /5
On Friday you will have a rare chance to hear master pieces by Steve Reich and George Crumb performed by Ekkozone:
"The postmodern impulse in classical music arose in the 1960s with the advent of musical minimalism. Composers such as Terry Riley, Krzysztof Penderecki, György Ligeti, Henryk Górecki, Bradley Joseph, John Adams, George Crumb, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, and Lou Harrison reacted to the perceived elitism and dissonant sound of atonal academic modernism by producing music with simple textures and relatively consonant harmonies, whilst others, most notably John Cage challenged the prevailing Narratives of beauty and objectivity common to Modernism. Some composers have been openly influenced by popular music and world ethnic musical traditions."
Steve Reich is one of my favorite contemporary American composers. Along with John Adams, Nico Muhly, George Crumb and more
Today, Sunday, at noon, tune in to RTHK Radio 4 for the second episode of my programme, What's That Noise? a listener's guide to contemporary music. This week features Minute Variations by Lawrence Fritts, along with works by Henry Cowell, Stephen Scott, George Crumb, Roddy Ellias, and Steve Reich. (It's a very North American programme this week!)
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