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Early Works


Download links and information about Early Works by Steve Reich. This album was released in 1987 and it belongs to genres. It contains 5 tracks with total duration of 56:22 minutes.

Artist: Steve Reich
Release date: 1987
Tracks: 5
Duration: 56:22
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No. Title Length
1. Come Out (1966) 13:09
2. Piano Phase (1967) (featuring Nurit Tilles) 20:36
3. Clapping Music (1972) 4:48
4. It's Gonna Rain, Part I (1965) 8:02
5. It's Gonna Rain, Part II (1965) 9:47



Though Steve Reich's trailblazing minimalist compositions have had a huge impact on everything from rock to electronica, Reich didn't really reach an audience beyond the avant-garde cognoscenti until the '70s. The pieces collected here from his early career—mostly from the '60s—eventually became influential, but they remained a kind of buried treasure for years. As with most great minimalism, the simplicity of these compositions is simultaneously disarming and devastating. "Come Out" manipulates a tape of the voice of a young man caught up in the Harlem Riot of 1964, looping a single phrase into aural abstraction. "It's Gonna Rain" achieves a similar effect, with the voice of a Pentecostal preacher delivering an apocalyptic sermon. "Piano Phase" takes a more conventionally "musical" performance approach to the same idea; two pianists start playing in unison but gradually grow further and further apart to create a dazzling tapestry of ostinato lines. "Clapping" is ostensibly the simplest of all, applying the basic concept behind "Piano Phase" to two pairs of human hands coming together and drifting apart.