KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Speaking of Music: An Evening With Steve Reich, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
136 min
1 of 2
1986-10-08 | broadcast
| 1985-10-03 | created
On October 3, 1985, composer Steve Reich celebrated his 49th birthday by appearing at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, as the featured guest on the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. He discussed his career and compositional style with host Charles Amirkhanian and presented excerpts from his “Music for 18 Musicians”, and “Tehillim”. However most of the program was devoted to his then recently completed orchestral piece, “Desert Music”, which is a setting of the poetry of William Carlos Williams. Reich goes into great detail about the structure of the piece and how it was recorded, as well as answering questions from the audience.
New music
Musical Selections
Music for 18 Musicians, for vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble [excerpt] (1974-76) (3:00) -- Tehillim, for vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble [excerpt from 3rd movement, text from Psalms 18 in Hebrew] (1981) (5:44) -- Desert Music: First Movement (7:54) ; Second Movement (6:59) ; Third Movement, Part One (6:59) ; Third Movement, Part Two (5:54), for chorus and orchestra [text by William Carlos Williams] (1982-84)
Steve Reich and Musicians (Music ; Tehillim ; Desert)
Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic (Desert)
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (Desert)
New music
Minimal music
Composition (Music)
Vocal quartets with instrumental ensemble
Sacred vocal quartets with instrumental ensemble
Psalms (Music)
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.