“There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them.”
The Guardian [UK]
Welcome to Steve Reich @ 70. On this site, listen to audio clips of the composer discussing various aspects of his life and work, read selected writings, and explore an interactive demonstration about his compositional process.

Click "Begin," above right, to proceed through the topics in order.
In the 1960s, Reich emerged as a central figure in the compositional movement that has been called minimalism. His music, often characterized by repeated pulsing rhythms developed and juxtaposed in ever-changing ways, has been a fixture of the American musical scene and an influence on generations of composers even as Reich’s own techniques have continued to evolve.

All music on this companion website courtesy of Nonesuch Records