Next time you applaud care workers…

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

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


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  • 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.

    • 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″.

    • 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.

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