album Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians mp3 download

album Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians mp3 download

Genre: Classical
Performer: Steve Reich
Album: Music For 18 Musicians
Country: US
Released: 1978
Style: Post-Modern, Minimal, Contemporary
MP3 version ZIP size: 1984 mb
FLAC version ZIP size: 1440 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1172 mb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 662

Music for 18 Musicians is a work of musical minimalism composed by Steve Reich during 1974–1976. Its world premiere was on April 24, 1976, at The Town Hall in New York City. Following this, a recording of the piece was released by ECM New Series in 1978. In his introduction to the score, Reich mentions that although the piece is named Music for 18 Musicians, it is not necessarily advisable to perform the piece with that few players due to the extensive doubling it requires.

Music for 18 Musicians is approximately 55 minutes long. The first sketches were made for it in May 1974 and it was completed in March 1976. Although its steady pulse and rhythmic energy relate to many of my earlier works, its instrumentation, structure and harmony are new. As to instrumentation, Music for 18 Musicians is new in the number and distribution of instruments: violin, cello, 2 clarinets doubling bass clarinet, 4 women's voices, 4 pianos, 3 marimbas, 2 xylophones and metallophone (vibraphone with no motor). All instruments are acoustical. Music for 18 Musicians is approximately 55 minutes long.

If Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is simply described in terms of its materials and organization - 11 chords followed by 11 pieces built on those chords - then it might seem utterly dry and monotonous. The actual music, though, is far from lackluster. When this recording was released in 1978, the impact on the new music scene was immediate and overwhelming. Anyone who saw potential in minimalism and had hoped for a major breakthrough piece found it here

Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Music for 18 Musicians is for violin, cello, two clarinets doubling bass clarinet, four women's voices, four pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, and a metallophone (vibraphone with no motor). It's a 1974 composition that focuses entirely on the rich staccato that gives minimalism its unique sound. However, Reich turns all of this into actual music by adding the richness of the metallophone and the women's voices. Whatever else people may have said about minimalism, pro or con, a work such as Music for 18 Musicians demonstrates its legitimacy. Had this album for several years. It's a great introduction to minimal music, and surprises people sometimes with how easy it is to listen to. Pattern, repetition, and slow variation.

Album · 1998 · 14 Songs. Music for 18 Musicians: I. Pulses. 2. Music for 18 Musicians: II. Section I. Steve Reich. 3. Music for 18 Musicians: III. Section II. 4. Music for 18 Musicians: IV. Section IIIA. 5. Music for 18 Musicians: V. Section IIIB. 6. Music for 18 Musicians: VI. Section IV. 7. Music for 18 Musicians: VII. Section V.

Music For 18 Musicians. By: Steve Reich (1978, Classical). More albums from Steve Reich: If You Break My Heart by Steve Reich. Three Dances & Four Organs by Steve Reich. Six Pianos, Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ by Steve Reich. Four Organs, Phase Patterns by Steve Reich. Early Works by Steve Reich. Octet, Music For A Large Ensemble, Violin Phase by Steve Reich. Minimalist by Steve Reich. New Sounds In Electronic Music (Come Out, Night Music, I Of IV) by Steve Reich. View all albums . Music For 18 Musicians. 1. Pulse – Sections I – IV.

Steve Reich Ensemble Music For 18 Musicians 56:31. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Pulses 05:26. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Section I 03:58. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Section IIIA 03:55. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Section VII 04:19. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Section II 05:13. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Section IV 06:37. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Section V 06:48. Steve Reich and Musicians Music for 18 Musicians Section VI 04:54.


A Pulse - Sections I - IV 26:55
B Sections V - X - Pulse 32:00

Companies, etc.

  • Licensed From – Polydor International GmbH
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ECM Records GmbH
  • Copyright (c) – Steve Reich
  • Lacquer Cut At – PRS Hannover
  • Pressed By – PRS Hannover


  • Artwork [Cover Drawing] – Beryl Korot
  • Cello – Ken Ishii
  • Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Richard Cohen, Virgil Blackwell
  • Composed By, Liner Notes – Steve Reich
  • Design – Paula Bisacca
  • Engineer [Recording] – Klaus Hiemann
  • Marimba, Maracas – Gary Schall
  • Marimba, Xylophone – Bob Becker, Glen Velez, Russ Hartenberger
  • Marimba, Xylophone, Piano – David Van Tieghem
  • Mixed By – Rudolph Werner*, Klaus Hiemann, Steve Reich
  • Percussion [Metallophone], Piano – James Preiss
  • Performer – Steve Reich And Musicians
  • Piano – Nurit Tilles, Steve Chambers
  • Piano, Maracas – Larry Karush
  • Piano, Marimba – Steve Reich
  • Producer, Recording Supervisor – Rudolph Werner*
  • Violin – Shem Guibbory
  • Voice – Elizabeth Arnold, Pamela Fraley, Rebecca Armstrong
  • Voice, Piano – Jay Clayton


The World Premiere was presented April 1976 at Town Hall, NYC, the European Premiere, October 1976 at the Metamusik Festival, Berlin.
Cover Drawing: "Weaver's Notation"
℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH
Manufactured under license from Polydor International GmbH
© 1978 Steve Reich
Made in W. Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 2516
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 1)): 2563 931 = 3 S1 320
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 1)): 2563 931 S2 = 4 320
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 2)): 2563 931 = 3 S 1 3 20 Q(horizontal) 1(reversed)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 2)): 2563 931 = 3 S 2 3 20 1(reversed) K(horizontal)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 3)): 2563 931 S1 = 5 320 1 P [sideways]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 3)): 2563 931 S2 = 4 320 1A U [sideways]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 4)): 2563 931 = 3 S 1 3 20 1(reversed) M(horizontal)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 4)): 2563 931 = 3 S 2 3 20 1(reversed) M(horizontal)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 5)): 2563 931 = 3 S 1 3 20 1[inverted] G[sideways]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 5)): 2563 931 = 3 S 2 3 20 1[inverted] I[sideways]

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ECM 1-1129 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(LP, Album) ECM Records ECM 1-1129 US 1978
none Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(File, FLAC, Album, RE) ECM New Series none Europe Unknown
8-918 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova 8-918 Russia Unknown
UCCE-9505 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(CD, Album, RM, SHM) ECM Records UCCE-9505 Japan 2008
ECM 1129, ECM NEW SERIES 1129 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(CD, Album, RE) ECM Records, ECM New Series ECM 1129, ECM NEW SERIES 1129 Germany Unknown


1 Pulses 5:26
2 Section I 3:58
3 Section II 5:13
4 Section IIIA 3:55
5 Section IIIB 3:46
6 Section IV 6:37
7 Section V 6:49
8 Section VI 4:54
9 Section VII 4:19
10 Section VIII 3:35
11 Section IX 5:24
12 Section X 1:51
13 Section XI 5:44
14 Pulses 6:11


  • Cello – Jeanne LeBlanc
  • Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Evan Ziporyn, Leslie Scott
  • Composed By – Steve Reich
  • Engineer – John Kilgore
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Chris Hilt, Glen Marchese
  • Executive-producer – Robert Hurwitz
  • Maracas, Marimba – Philip Bush, Thad Wheeler
  • Mixed By [Assistant] – Greg Thompson, Tony Black
  • Piano – Edmund Niemann, Nurit Tilles
  • Piano, Alto Vocals – Jay Clayton
  • Piano, Marimba, Written-By – Steve Reich
  • Piano, Vibraphone – James Preiss
  • Piano, Xylophone, Marimba – Garry Kvistad
  • Producer [Assistant] – Sidney Chen
  • Producer [Assistant], Edited By [Assistant] – Jeanne Velonis
  • Soprano Vocals – Cheryl Bensman Rowe, Marion Beckenstein, Rebecca Armstrong
  • Violin – Elizabeth Lim
  • Xylophone, Marimba – Bob Becker, Russell Hartenberger*, Tim Ferchen*


"This new recording is eleven minutes longer than the original [ECM Records]" Music For 18 Musicians revisited by K. Robert Schwarz. Recorded October 1996 at the Hit Factory New York City, the piece was originaly composed twenty years earlier in 1976.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
0075597958157 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(LP, Album, Ltd + LP, Album, Mono, Ltd + 7", Single) Nonesuch 0075597958157 UK 2015
79448-1 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(2xLP, Album, RP) Nonesuch 79448-1 UK, Europe & US 2018
79448-2, D125597 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(CD, Album) Nonesuch, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 79448-2, D125597 US 1998
79448-2 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(CD, Album, Sli) Nonesuch 79448-2 US 1998
WPCS-5097, 79448-2 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians ‎(CD, Album) Nonesuch, Nonesuch WPCS-5097, 79448-2 Japan 1998

Dear EmekaNwezeNo, there's nothing quite like it really. Reich's masterpiece and loads better live, than on a recording, if you ever get a chance - quite unlikely given the forces it needs! It's on in the UK in February played by the London Sinfonietta who manage to get to Birmingham but no further North.For scale, you might want to try Canto Ostinato by Dutch composer Simon ten Holt. At 1' 11'' it's not for the fainthearted and is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/FfBP2UNcMX8Of course there is always Philip Glass" Music in 12 Parts" but that divides people into enthusiasts and detractors. Personally I don't warm to him but having said that, listening to the whole of this work sort of won me round to it.Happy listening and exploring.

Hello Bradx,I don't think you have strange tastes at all. I personally found your review of this album quite beautiful.Please, do you know of any works that equal this one in conception (i.e genius) and beauty?Warm Regards.

Perhaps Julius Eastman = "Femenine "(1974),ecstatic minimalism/ less rigid/more organic.A beauty! Oops, I'm not Bradx! :)

absolutely incredible. those who don't know it check out some of the live performances on youtube (there's a good Vic Firth one).

I ,too, was a little surprised. Perhaps the Risky Business soundtrack (love on a real train)?...It's the first thought that comes to me.But anyway,obviously Reich is the absolute master here:one of the landmarks of 20th-century music! Monotonous/boring or not, it's just a subjective perception (maybe not well-founded).

Absolutely bizarre comparison. What TD album in particular? I'm sincerely curious.

Good point.I would just go to Tangerine Dream though basically the same stuff only better (in my opinion only).

You probably just need to be in the right mood to enjoy this, that's all :-)

I think it's kind of boring..very repetitive. Reminds me of simplified Tangerine Dream. Just my opinion I'm not putting yours down and I don't want to get into an internet fight and start attacking each other because I have an opinion. So let's stop the craziness before it even starts, And I'm not saying anybody even cares about my opinion. There I insulted myself, everybody happy? If you don't agree with me my albums for sale. I don't want to hear it ever again.

mindblowing stuff

White gold
This will blow out your mind. Its hard to describe this special kind of hypnotizing mood in it. Its like if your tired it gets you up and opposite. Stunning!This album is like a spaceship!A brilliant masterpiece!

Reich's very early compositions were truly minimalist. He used only small ensembles.... sometimes just clapping, drumming or phasing tape loops. In 1974 he started work on this piece. It took nearly 4 years to complete. The sound was a giant leap for Reich, as he says in the sleeve notes; "there is more harmonic movement in the first 5 minutes of 18 Musicians than in any other complete work of mine to date". Violin, cello, clarinets, women's voices, pianos, marimbas and metallophone all combine to create an intricate, interwoven, phased-out beauty of a piece. For me this is the zenith of his work. He went on to make many more records exploring similar themes and ideas but this is the one that works for me.... melodically it is fabulous, conceptually it is genius. Highly recommended for fans of minimalism.... whether that is in the classical zone or techno. Reich's 60s and early 70s work is less polished (a good thing) and also comes highly recommended.

It's quite a shame that the music doesn't fit on one side of the record. The piece is composed by combining musical loops, performed by 18 musicians on acoustical instruments. The way these loops interact results in a deeply mesmerizing soundscape. Having to turn the record in the middle of the performance may be quite annoying. My advice would be to get it on cd. Due to the nature of the composition the piece may be of particular interest to those who are into deep loopy techno.

Does the piece fade out unnaturally at the end of side one then? Or does it come to a natural pause?

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