Steve Reich announces release of Pulse/Quartet in 2018

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Celebrated minimalist composer Steve Reich is compiling two of his recent compositions onto a new full-length album. On February 2, he’ll release Pulse/Quartet, which features “Quartet” (which premiered in 2013) and “Pulse” (which premiered in 2015), via Nonesuch. A vinyl release will follow on March 30. The two are companion pieces, with “Pulse” having been written as a reaction to “Quartet”.

“In Pulse I felt the need to stay put harmonically and spin out smoother wind and string melodic lines in canon over a constant pulse in the electric bass and or piano,” Reich says in a statement. “From time to time this constant pulse is accented differently through changing hand alternation patterns on the piano. All in all, a calmer more contemplative piece.”

Listen to a segment of “Quartet,” titled “Quartet: III. Fast,” below.

Steve Reich new album Pulse/Quartet

Steve Reich Pulse/Quartet tracklist:

1 Pulse
2 Quartet: I. Fast
3 Quartet: II. Slow
4 Quartet: III. Fast

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