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Steve Reich, Phase to Face

Portrait of the musician

Steve Reich, Phase to Face Portrait of the musician


A student of Darius Milhaud and Luciano Berio, musician Steve Reich (born in 1936) quickly developed a style of his own, inspired by Baroque music, Bartók, Webern and Stravinsky, as well as jazz, traditional music (especially African), and Hebrew cantillation. As a trailblazing exponent of minimalist music, Reich rejected the characteristic complexity of mid-20th-century classical harmony and tonality in order to make large-scale works from minimal materials a single chord, a brief musical motif, a spoken exclamation – thereby reconciling sacred and popular music.

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  • Directed by:
    • Éric Darmon
    • Franck Mallet
  • Production date: 2009
  • Duration: 52 min
  • Production: © ARTE France / Mémoire magnétique / France
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR
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