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“[He is the] single most important composer of the 20th century, because what he did impacted both classical and non classical music in such a big way.”


     Steve Reich is known to many modern composers as the father of modern music due to his mold-breaking use of repetition and minimalism. He didn’t invent minimalism but turned it in to a method that composers could now use to its fullest. Some of his techniques were borrowed whereas some were newly created methods incorporated into his experimental pieces to later on evolve to affect even the basic layout of hiphop songs. His main focus was on the sound of African Mallet based music.



Its series of rhythms that went on and on influenced his work. He created experimental pieces that slowly changed so that what you would think is repeating on and on is eventually completely different from what it began as.





Reich introduced this idea of subtle change into western music after his career in 20th century classical composing. In order to accomplish this transition into the modern western music, he worked with electronic music and acoustic instruments that were idiomatic of western music of the 20th century. It is now completely ubiquitous as a style. For example the regenerative motifs in the music in TV and in dramas is based on what Steve Reich accomplished. In a few of his experimental pieces, he took the voices of people and put them into rhythm as he repeated them over and over. This type of music had not been heard of since the medieval themes of minimalism where minimal use of instrumentation and development is extant. It changes the roles of the composer to what it used to be before the development of classical music in which the composer was the composer and the player was the player.


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