Steve Reich

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Stephen Michael Reich ( RYSH; born October 3, 1936) is an American composer 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. His compositional style reflects his explicit rejection of Western classical traditions, serialism, and indeterminacy, because, unlike these traditions, he sought to create music in which the compositional process was discernible in the music itself. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Steve Reich has received more than 1,277,981 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Steve Reich is the 187th most popular composer (up from 204th in 2019), the 787th most popular biography from United States (up from 881st 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 187 out of 1,228Before him are Francesco Landini, Michael Praetorius, Andrea Gabrieli, William Byrd, Francis Lai, and Henri Vieuxtemps. After him are Baldassare Galuppi, Johann Joachim Quantz, Giuseppe Torelli, Alessandro Marcello, Gilles Binchois, and Jan Dismas Zelenka.

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Among people born in 1936, Steve Reich ranks 41Before him are Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Margaret Hamilton, Virna Lisi, Tariq Aziz, and Benedict Anderson. After him are Don Cherry, Choummaly Sayasone, Kris Kristofferson, Yasuo Fukuda, B. J. Habibie, and Ferid Murad.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Steve Reich ranks 787 out of 15,968Before him are Charlie Sheen (1965), Robert Vaughn (1932), John Reed (1887), Steven Weinberg (1933), Matthew McConaughey (1969), and Raquel Welch (1940). After him are John Fante (1909), Rodney King (1965), Tobin Bell (1942), Bob Beamon (1946), Edward C. Tolman (1886), and John Jacob Astor IV (1864).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Steve Reich ranks 9Before him are John Cage (1912), Leonard Bernstein (1918), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Scott Joplin (1868), and Samuel Barber (1910). After him are Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Cole Porter (1891), James Horner (1953), Bernard Herrmann (1911), Charles Ives (1874), and Aaron Copland (1900).