Fifty Years Of Steve Reich’s ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

Posted: February 1, 2015 in opera
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Fifty Years Of Steve Reich’s ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ : Deceptive Cadence : NPR.

 

Sometimes great things are born from happy accidents. Fifty years ago today in San Francisco, composer Steve Reich premiered It’s Gonna Rain, his first official piece. The music, made by manipulating a recording of a Pentecostal preacher, opened a door to a new way of composing for Reich and helped launch his career. He says the creation of the work came about by chance as he was fiddling with two identical tape loops of the preacher that got out of synch with each other.

“Actually the going out of phase was kind of an accident,” Reich told NPR’s Fresh Airin 1999. “But when I heard it I thought, ‘This is fantastic.’ It’s a kind of seamless process that goes on and on. After I did that piece and another one like it, I began to apply that principle to live musicians from about 1967 to 1971, and then sort of moved on from there.”

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