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BBC Proms: Steve Reich, “The Desert Music”, Endymion
August 13, 2014 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
It’s Gonna Rain (17 mins)
The Desert Music (chamber version) (48 mins)
- BBC Singers
- David Hill conductor
- Endymion (formerly Endymion Ensemble)
The after-hours late-night atmosphere is a fitting backdrop to the pulsing rhythmic repetitions of Minimalism’s founding father, Steve Reich. Relive the experimentation of It’s Gonna Rain – the tape piece that first put Reich on the map back in 1965 – its hypnotic layers of spoken sound transforming a street preacher into a strange, disembodied instrument.
The Desert Music twitches and throbs with life, offering a meditation on fragments of William Carlos Williams’s poetry. The BBC Singers are joined by contemporary specialists the Endymion ensemble.