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With its pulsating rhythms, cyclical chords, and shifting harmonics, Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians has become one of the most iconic works of American minimalism.

Said to be some of Reich's finest interpreters in the world, London Sinfonietta performed this hypnotic masterwork at Glastonbury Festival in 2015, and received standing ovations throughout their 2018 UK tour which included a sold out Royal Festival Hall.

55 minutes of heaven The Times

Superbly accomplished [...] The audience rose to their feet as one in admiration. The Guardian

Production overview

Duration: 55mins
Genre: Orchestral, unconducted
Orchestration: 0.0.2/bass.0   6 perc   4 pianos   4 voices (all amplified) = 14 players + 4 Synergy Voices + sound projection
Production Notes: Requires four matching 9ft pianos (ideally Steinway model D), plus 12 monitor wedges on stage on 12 independent mixes from FOH (plus full range stereo PA, digital mixing board specified line list), and a stage area of approx. 10x10m
Text: None
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
World Premiere: 24/04/1976 Town Hall, New York, NY, Steve Reich and Musicians

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Please contact London Sinfonietta CEO & Artistic Director Andrew Burke for more information.

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