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Sextet / Six Marimbas

Sextet / Six Marimbas by Steve Reich
Released: Jan 1986
Label: Nonesuch
Steve Reich may be one of America's most famous minimalist composers, but the term has never fit his work terribly well; what his music may lack in melodic and development, it more than makes up for in shifting pulses and polyrhythms spun into dizzying moiré patterns. "Sextet," scored for mallets and keyboards, and "Six Marimbas" (a 1986 transcription of "Six Pianos") both display Reich's uncanny ability to blur the line between pulse and tone, with staccato percussive phrases diffused into a kind of misted drone. "Pointillism" might be a more accurate term.
Philip Sherburne

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