Steve Reich to Publish 'Conversations' Book via HarperCollins' Hanover Square Press on March 8, 2022

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Steve Reich will publish Conversations, a new book, via HarperCollins' Hanover Square Press, on March 8, 2022. In the book, the composer speaks with collaborators, fellow composers, musicians, and visual artists influenced by his work—including Nonesuch Records Chairman Emeritus Robert Hurwitz, Jonny Greenwood, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington, Stephen Sondheim, Nico Muhly, Brian Eno, Michael Gordon, and others—to reflect on his prolific career as a composer as well as the music that inspired him and that has been inspired by him. The New York Times calls it "a surprising, enlightening series of conversations that shed new light on the music and career of 'our greatest living composer.'" The New Yorker says: "Through this series of insightful, wide-ranging conversations starting from his student days to the present pandemic, we gain a compelling glimpse into the mind of 'the most original musical thinker of our time.'"

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Composer Steve Reich—who celebrates his 85th birthday this Sunday—will publish Conversations, a new book, via HarperCollins' Hanover Square Press, on March 8, 2022; it is available to pre-order here. In the book, Reich speaks with collaborators, fellow composers, musicians, and visual artists influenced by his work, to reflect on his prolific career as a composer as well as the music that inspired him and that has been inspired by him.

Contributors to Conversations include Nonesuch Records Chairman Emeritus Robert Hurwitz, Jonny Greenwood, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington, Stephen Sondheim, Nico Muhly, Brian Eno, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Richard Serra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Russell Hartenberger, Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, David Robertson, Micaela Haslam, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Julia Wolfe, Beryl Korot, Colin Currie, and Brad Lubman.

The New York Times calls the new book "a surprising, enlightening series of conversations that shed new light on the music and career of 'our greatest living composer.'" The New Yorker says: "Through this series of insightful, wide-ranging conversations starting from his student days to the present pandemic, we gain a compelling glimpse into the mind of 'the most original musical thinker of our time.'"

Steve Reich is a living legend in the world of contemporary classical music. As a leader of the minimalist movement in the 1960s, his works have become central to the musical landscape worldwide, influencing generations of younger musicians, choreographers and visual artists. He has explored non-Western music and American vernacular music from jazz to rock, as well as groundbreaking music and video pieces. He toured the world with his own ensemble and his compositions are performed internationally by major orchestras and ensembles.

Nonesuch has released twenty-four Steve Reich albums, beginning in 1985 with The Desert Music and including two box sets; his most recent album is Pulse / Quartet (2018). You can see his complete Nonesuch discography here and listen to a playlist of his Nonesuch recordings on Spotify and Apple Music here.

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    Steve Reich to Publish 'Conversations' Book via HarperCollins' Hanover Square Press on March 8, 2022

    Composer Steve Reich—who celebrates his 85th birthday this Sunday—will publish Conversations, a new book, via HarperCollins' Hanover Square Press, on March 8, 2022; it is available to pre-order here. In the book, Reich speaks with collaborators, fellow composers, musicians, and visual artists influenced by his work, to reflect on his prolific career as a composer as well as the music that inspired him and that has been inspired by him.

    Contributors to Conversations include Nonesuch Records Chairman Emeritus Robert Hurwitz, Jonny Greenwood, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington, Stephen Sondheim, Nico Muhly, Brian Eno, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Richard Serra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Russell Hartenberger, Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, David Robertson, Micaela Haslam, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Julia Wolfe, Beryl Korot, Colin Currie, and Brad Lubman.

    The New York Times calls the new book "a surprising, enlightening series of conversations that shed new light on the music and career of 'our greatest living composer.'" The New Yorker says: "Through this series of insightful, wide-ranging conversations starting from his student days to the present pandemic, we gain a compelling glimpse into the mind of 'the most original musical thinker of our time.'"

    Steve Reich is a living legend in the world of contemporary classical music. As a leader of the minimalist movement in the 1960s, his works have become central to the musical landscape worldwide, influencing generations of younger musicians, choreographers and visual artists. He has explored non-Western music and American vernacular music from jazz to rock, as well as groundbreaking music and video pieces. He toured the world with his own ensemble and his compositions are performed internationally by major orchestras and ensembles.

    Nonesuch has released twenty-four Steve Reich albums, beginning in 1985 with The Desert Music and including two box sets; his most recent album is Pulse / Quartet (2018). You can see his complete Nonesuch discography here and listen to a playlist of his Nonesuch recordings on Spotify and Apple Music here.

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