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Steve Reich - Early Works album mp3
Early Works
Modern Classical, Experimental, Minimal, Contemporary
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After taking musique concrete to another level, Reich decided to try to make similar strides with instrumental music. The two other pieces here, "Piano Phase" and "Clapping Music," represent this new direction in his work. Re-recorded here in 1986 and 1987, their intricate, layered patterns should be familiar to fans of another one of Reich's masterpieces, "Music for 18 Musicians. Early Works is a must-have introduction for anyone interested in the roots of minimalist music.

Album · 1987 · 5 Songs. Early Works Steve Reich. Clapping Music (1972). Steve Reich & Russ Hartenberger. 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

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Reich's works are pretty amazing, at least to me. These early works show how he moved from playing tape loops against each other to capturing the same phenomena with musical instruments. Piano Phase is the embodiment of this and really helps put the rest of his work in context. Two of the pieces, the most talked about of his early works, were created by looping and relooping uttered speech, altering speed so that the original spoken phrases transform into a blur of sound, rising in pitch to an unvoiced whir. As it continues, you realize it isn't just sound. It's another way to visualize music.

Steve Reich: Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ; Music for Pieces of Wood; Sextet. Steve Reich: Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ; Music for Pieces of Wood; Sextet. In 1998 Steve wrote Triple Quartet. How many works are there that have the power to begin a program, end a program or conclude the first half? The driving, vital pulses of the outer movements of Triple Quartet frame the Perotin-inspired middle movement. Bartok, Schnittke and maybe even klezmer music are heard as influences but the voice is unmistakably Steve's as he stretches his harmonic realm.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Come Out
Voice – Daniel Hamm
2 Piano Phase
Edited By – Judith Sherman, Steve ReichEngineer – Paul GoodmanMixed By – Judith Sherman, Steve ReichPiano – Double Edge
3 Clapping Music
Edited By – Judith Sherman, Steve ReichEngineer – Paul GoodmanMixed By – Judith Sherman, Steve Reich
4 It's Gonna Rain
Voice – Brother Walter

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – RCA Studio A
  • Pressed By – Record Service GmbH
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.


  • Art Direction, Design – Carin Goldberg
  • Executive-Producer – Robert Hurwitz
  • Liner Notes – Steve Reich
  • Mastered By – Robert C. Ludwig*
  • Photography By [Cover Photograph] – Landry*, Girouard*
  • Producer – Judith Sherman, Steve Reich


Come Out - 1966
Piano Phase - 1967
Clapping Music - 1972
It's Gonna Rain - 1965

Sleeve booklet contains additional information on all tracks.

Track 4 is in two parts:
Part I duration is 7:49
Part II duration is 9:47

Piano Phase recorded May 1986 at RCA Studio A, New York City
Clapping Music recorded May 1987 at RCA Studio A, New York City

Tracks 1 & 4 - Analog tape recorder used during session recording and subsequent mixing and/or editing: digital tape recorder used during mastering (transcription).

Tracks 2 & 3 - Digital tape recorder used during session recording, mixing and/or editing, and mastering (transcription).

Made in Germany.

An alternate version with a different Distribution Code can be found here: Early Works.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 075597916928
  • Matrix / Runout: 979169-2.2 RSA
  • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 0286

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
9 79169-1 Steve Reich Early Works ‎(LP) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-1 US 1987
9 79169-2 Steve Reich Early Works ‎(CD, Comp, RE) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-2 US Unknown
9 79169-1 Steve Reich Early Works ‎(LP, Promo) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-1 US 1987
9 79169-4 Steve Reich Early Works ‎(Cass, Comp) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-4 US 1987
979 169-1 Steve Reich Early Works ‎(LP) Nonesuch 979 169-1 Europe 1987

  • Dogrel
Absolutely essential if you are interested in minimalism. The recording of "Clapping Music" is a bit dry for my liking (no resonance to it), but the two tape pieces are masterful & the piano piece very beautiful.