Is anyone familiar with Steve Reich's Variations for Wind, Strings and Keyboards? This was one of the first 'minimalist ' works I heard and it made a great impression on me at the time, I suppose about 12 years ago. Now, listening to it again after a long gap, it strikes me as impressively monumental, fascinatingly colourful wallpaper. I am a stick-in-the-mud and I like to hear bit of a tune, even a Schoenberg tune if nothing else is on offer. And you ain't going to find tunes in Steve Reich. It just keeps on with those chattering woodwinds and majestic swelling brass chords, the endlessly flatwards harmonic circles and spirals - but it's like a compere warming up the audience for a star act that never happens. They keep saying "in just a few moments you will see X in the flesh, ladies and gentlemen'' while all the time the star dressing room is empty.
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