“Totally different Trains: America, Earlier than the Warfare”
Steve Reich is a legendary composer who was one of many pioneers of minimalism. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and the New York Occasions referred to as him “America’s best residing composer.” I had the unbelievable honor of getting to talk to Steve Reich about his piece Totally different Trains, written for string quartet and pre-recorded efficiency tape. It was first carried out in 1988 by the Kronos Quartet, they usually launched a recording of it in 1989, which gained the Grammy for Finest Classical Modern Composition. Totally different Trains is a bit about World Warfare II and the Holocaust. It’s made up of three actions: America – Earlier than the Warfare, Europe – In the course of the Warfare, and After the Warfare. For this episode, Steve Reich breaks down the primary motion, which was impressed by his personal childhood experiences.
And you should buy Steve Reich’s new guide, Conversations right here.
Illustration by Carlos Lerma.