Thoughts on Music #19 (Steve Reich)

Steve Reich
“Stockhausen, Berio and Boulez were portraying in very honest terms what it was like to pick up the pieces of a bombed-out continent after World War II. But for some Americans in 1948 or 1958 or 1968 – in the real context of tail-fins, Chuck Berry and millions of burgers sold – to pretend that instead we’re really going to have the dark-brown angst of Vienna is a lie, a musical lie.”
–Steve Reich, 1987, interviewed by Edward Strickland and quoted in K. Robert Schwartz:  Minimalists (1996, London: Phaidon) pp. 56-57.

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