Next time you applaud care workers…

Next time you applaud care workers…


norman lebrecht

March 30, 2020

…. put on a performance of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music.

Take your cue from conductor David Robertson and his wife, pianist Orli Shaham.



  • Petros Linardos says:

    Love it! Especially Orli Shaham’s adorable last moments on the clip.

  • Wow says:

    This is hilarious, amazing! The funniest thing I’ve seen today, thanks!

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    In full agreement with the message. A typical Steve Reich music, some love it, some like myself absolutely cannot stand it. I dislike it even more than the music of Philip Glass.

    • John Borstlap says:

      It’s not music, it’s clapping. But finally some reason to perform it.

    • Larry L. Lash / Vienna says:

      At an all-Reich concert at some obscure summer lakeside festival in the Salzkammergut about 15 years ago, the composer performed this with a colleague. Personally, I’d rather hear all three movements of John Cage’s 4′33″.

      • John Borstlap says:

        Yes, – the 2nd mvt especially is very interesting. It is, however, not always well performed.

  • John Holmes says:

    She’s the sister of violinist Gil Shaham

    • M2N2K says:

      In other words, looking at the score is more interesting than listening to the piece. Personally, I prefer music in which the reverse is true.

  • seiji takahashi says:

    Dear Maestro, thank you, wonderful music!!