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    Steve Reich: A Lasting Influence

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    Steve Reich Alongside Young, Riley, and Glass, Steve Reich is a lofty name in the formation of American minimalistic music (Mertens, 11). Throughout the 1960s, these composers helped push the boundaries of music as they fused elements of classical, jazz, rock/pop, and world music. Steve Reich was born in New York on October 3, 1936. His parents soon divorced, leaving Reich to constantly commute between New York and California via passenger train. Reich has stated that is was the sound of the

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    Music for Eighteen Musicians (MFEM) is a minimalist composition by Steve Reich written between 1974 and1976. Though this piece was a culmination of Reich’s previous minimalist work, it was also innovative in its elements of structure and harmony. Reich emphasizes this point in saying “there is more harmonic movement in the first five minutes of Music for Eighteen Musicians than in any complete work of mine to date.” It was also his first attempt at composing for a large ensemble building upon his

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    A pioneer of Minimalism, Steve Reich is known as “the most original musical thinker of our time” according to The New Yorker. His contemporary musical style was contradictory to the serialism and aleatory styles of music of his time. That is the very component that is used as evidence that Reich is indeed “America’s greatest living composer.” Music is in his blood. Reich’s mother, the very June Sillman (later June Carroll), was a famous lyricist, singer, and actress. She is best known for her co-writing

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    Music history books have always tended to ignore the majority of popular music save for the general chapter on ‘jazz.’ As for modern media, ‘music’ always meant — and unfortunately often still means — popular music only, and generally only from the 1950’s onwards. Mark Pendergast’s The Ambient Century, chronicling the “evolution of sound in the electronic age,” is a refreshingly thorough book due to the fact that that it does not entrench itself in a ‘classical only’ or ‘pop only’ mindset. Rather

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    geometrical. Ecominimalism is a term gaining popularity which stands for realistic and cost-effective approach to going green in buildings. It is somewhat ironical than many of its main propagators have refused to be associated with the term Minimalist. (Reich and Ando in particular) This could be that the term was used derogatively, in its early versions. The general public thought of it as cold, sterile and abstract. Today, even though it remains essentially simple, it is no longer restricted and ascetic

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    My composer, Steve Reich, has written and continues to write contemporary, minimalist, vocal, and tape pieces. His pieces these pieces have been influenced not only by what he has encountered, but the music he had composed has influenced many others composer similar to him (Service). In this paper I will give a short biography of Reich that includes the many different places that he studied, what influenced his not so ordinary music styles, and what made him who he is today. I will also talk about

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    My whole life I have heard it said that we humans live our lives as delusions and we do. When I was a child, I used to think that whatever was in my head ,whether it could happen or not , was true and that people could be anything or do anything. Now when I think about it, I see that maybe those were just false beliefs because sometimes there are certain things that we humans are not able to do. In discussions of delusions , one controversial issue by Plato, has been that we are always in a cave

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    A Tale for Winter

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    A Tale For Winter It was a cold and miserable January, filled with rainstorms, harsh frosts and a gusty wind that made the trees creak, as their roots clung to the soil for support. The grass was clothed in a cloak of silver and the trees were tipped in white. Most of the animals of the forest were still in hibernation from the autumn months, safely sleeping in their grassy beds and earthly homes. All except one, a young bat named Vladimir, who had not been able to sleep for the howling of

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    Reasons Being Homeschooled

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    Reasons Why People Homeschool In order to determine whether Homeschooling is indeed promising, one must first understand the reasons why people choose to Homeschool. According to Reich, Homeschooling is appealing to many families because of the capability to almost entirely customize education for their children. Many families want to homeschool because they do not feel that their children’s spiritual and moral needs are met in public schools. Moreover, some families choose to Homeschool in order

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    Symbolic Analysts

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    Symbolic Analysts Reich uses the term of "symbolic analysts" to describe what he feels one of the three main job classifications of the future will be. The symbolic analysts will be someone who is a problem identifier, a problem solver, or an innovator who can visualize new uses of existing technologies. This class of workers includes scientists, engineers, and other scientific or technical specialties as well as marketers, investors, some types of lawyers, developers and a wide variety of consultants

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