Steve Reich: Drumming (LP)
Drumming, written by minimalist composer Steve Reich, was composed between the autumn of 1970 when he returned from Ghana and the autumn of 1971. It is divided into four sections, based on a rhythmic pattern that is first built up by two drummers at the start. Each section explores different ranges of sounds: in the first, it is four pairs of tuned bongos; in the second, three marimbas and two female voices; in the third, three glockenspiels, piccolo and whistling; and in the fourth, the whole ensemble. The procedures are both attractive and unconventional: as Reich puts it, Drumming shows that it is possible to keep going in the same key for quite a while if there are instead considerable rhythmic developments together with occasional, but complete, changes of timbre to supply variety.
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