October 5, 2006
Music lovers get presents for composer Reich’s birthday
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"I get bored easily," he confesses. "After I did 'Drumming,' I said, 'I've done X number of these phase pieces and I don't want to do any more.' So I didn't. If I'm not interested in the writing, you're going to be walking out halfway through the piece."
Does he regret his decision nearly 50 years ago not to pursue a doctorate in philosophy?
"Not for one second," he says. "Not even for a millisecond."
Nonesuch Records is issuing a five-CD set of Reich's music, "Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective," to coincide with the birthday celebrations.
Steve Reich. Photo by Alice Arnold
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