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Steve Reich

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Stephen Michael Reich ( RYSHE; 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 1,515,700 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Steve Reich is the 170th most popular composer (up from 187th in 2019), the 757th most popular biography from United States (up from 787th in 2019) and the 8th 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 170 out of 1,216Before him are Nicola Porpora, Scott Joplin, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Franz von Suppé, Witold Lutosławski, and Adrian Willaert. After him are Eduard Strauss, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Amilcare Ponchielli, Maurizio Pollini, Jan Dismas Zelenka, and Hugo Wolf.

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Among people born in 1936, Steve Reich ranks 40Before him are Tariq Aziz, Albert Finney, Roy Orbison, Margaret Hamilton, Bill Wyman, and Georges Perec. After him are Gerhard Ertl, B. J. Habibie, Kris Kristofferson, Ferid Murad, Benedict Anderson, and Uwe Seeler.

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Among people born in United States, Steve Reich ranks 757 out of 18,182Before him are Marvin Gaye (1939), Tobin Bell (1942), H. L. Mencken (1880), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), John Searle (1932), and Woody Harrelson (1961). After him are Matthew McConaughey (1969), Larry Ellison (1944), Michael Rockefeller (1938), Richard Dean Anderson (1950), Bill Russell (1934), and John Cassavetes (1929).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Steve Reich ranks 8Before him are John Williams (1932), John Cage (1912), Leonard Bernstein (1918), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), and Scott Joplin (1868). After him are Samuel Barber (1910), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), James Horner (1953), Cole Porter (1891), Aaron Copland (1900), and Charles Ives (1874).

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