Friday, 21 November 2014

Steve Reich - Different trains

Reich (1936) is an American composer and one of the leading figures of the minimalist movement. His Different Trains, for string quartet and tape, from 1988 is for me one of the best pieces of chamber music composed in recent decades. Especially the second movement, when the scene switches to Europe during the war, is haunting. Relevant links below (YouTube version in three movements: 1, 2, 3).