Classic Minimalism by Steve Reich

The National Youth Orchestra Scotland’s contemporary chamber ensemble NYOS Futures are making their way up North this weekend to perform Steve Reich‘s masterpiece Eight Lines on Sunday 24 October.

It has been said of American composer Steve Reich who pioneered the style of minimalist music that he is one of “a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history”. And NYOS Futures are setting out on the difficult task of examining this claim through an event that is a part-performance, part-analysis of his Eight Lines written in 1979.

Under the direction of well-known conductor and cellist, William Conway, Futures dissects Reich’s soundscape to give you a glimpse into the composer’s techniques. This is a strong piece which reflects Reich’s interest at the time in Biblical chanting and whets the appetite for works such as his later, Grammy Award-winning and evocative Different Trains which is being performed tonight (!) Friday 22 October, by the Smith Quartet.

This video was recorded in Glasgow’s City Halls back in October 2009, the ensemble was conducted by Tecwyn Evans and performed Peter Maxwell DaviesDie Assumptione Beata Maria Virgin.

More information here.

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