What's New: Steve Reich

Sep 25, 2016

Composer Steve Reich
Credit Dan Callister Rex

In 1994, Leonard Meyer described minimal music like this: “little sense of goal-directed motion, [minimal] music does not seem to move from one place to another. Within any musical segment there may be some sense of direction, but frequently the segments fail to lead to or imply one another. They simply follow one another.”

We’ll celebrate the 80th birthday of one of the architects of minimalism, composer Steve Reich on this episode of What’s New!


Steve Reich has been called "our greatest living composer" “...among the great composers of the century” by The New York Times, "America’s greatest living composer" by The Village VOICE, and “...the most original musical thinker of our time” by The New Yorker.

What’s New is a production of WBAA Classical, a listener supported broadcast service of Purdue University.