Steve Reich

Drumming for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, male and female voices, whistling and piccolo

Steve Reich, Drumming for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, male and female voices, whistling and piccolo

Description

Signed, numbered and dated (1972) in pencil by Steve Reich on final leporello leaf (46/500) and in pen on back cover (43/500). Published by John Gibson &  Multiples, NYC.

Minimalist composer Steve Reich created Drumming after a visit to Ghana. Drumming employs Reich’s signature technique of phasing which is achieved when two players are playing a single repeated pattern in unison, usually on the same kind of instrument. One player changes tempo slightly, while the other remains constant, and eventually the two players are one or a number of beats out of sync with each other. “In Drumming,” Reich states…. “We’re playing in unison and I pull away slowly, as slowly as I can, until I get one 16th note ahead. And we hold. And what you hear are basically canons, or rounds, like ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat,’ except instead of a tune you’re hearing a pattern. Different people, depending on where they’re sitting, will hear different patterns. It’s like looking at a complex rug, and saying, ‘Hey, do you see that pattern over there?’”

$ 1,000