Steve Reich

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Stephen Michael Reich ( RYSHE; better-known as Steve Reich, born October 3, 1936) is an American composer who is known for his contribution to the development of minimal music in the mid to late 1960s. Reich's work is marked by its use of repetitive figures, slow harmonic rhythm, and canons. Reich describes this concept in his essay, "Music as a Gradual Process", by stating, "I am interested in perceptible processes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Steve Reich has received more than 1,606,693 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Steve Reich is the 207th most popular composer (down from 171st in 2019), the 960th most popular biography from United States (down from 757th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Composer.

Steve Reich is most famous for his minimalist pieces, which are characterized by their repetitive rhythms and melodies.

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Among composers, Steve Reich ranks 207 out of 1,451Before him are Eugène Ysaÿe, André Grétry, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Michael Praetorius, Gilles Binchois, and Alessandro Marcello. After him are Angelo Badalamenti, Pauline Viardot, James Horner, Josef Suk, Franz von Suppé, and Niccolò Piccinni.

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Among people born in 1936, Steve Reich ranks 44Before him are Burt Reynolds, Albert Finney, Gerhard Ertl, Buddy Holly, B. J. Habibie, and Günter Blobel. After him are Émile Lahoud, Ghassan Kanafani, Bill Wyman, Raymond Poulidor, Benedict Anderson, and Yasuo Fukuda.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Steve Reich ranks 960 out of 20,380Before him are Michael Cimino (1939), Kim Kardashian (1980), Condoleezza Rice (1954), Myrtle Corbin (1868), John Fante (1909), and Ambrose Bierce (1842). After him are Melanie Griffith (1957), Arthur Kornberg (1918), Geena Davis (1956), Barbara Stanwyck (1907), Mickey Rooney (1920), and Angelo Badalamenti (1937).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Steve Reich ranks 9Before him are George Gershwin (1898), John Cage (1912), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Samuel Barber (1910), and Scott Joplin (1868). After him are Angelo Badalamenti (1937), James Horner (1953), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Alan Silvestri (1950), Bernard Herrmann (1911), and Charles Ives (1874).