Steve Reich (1936)

Nagoya Marimba (1994)

for two marimbas

  • General information
    • Composition date: 1994
    • Duration: 5 mn
    • Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
    • Commission: Sekar Sakura, Nagoya College of Music, en honneur de l'ouverture du Shirakawa Hall
Detailed formation
  • 2 marimbas

Premiere information

  • Date: 21 December 1994

    Japon, Nagoya, Shirakawa Hall.

Program note

Nagoya Marimbas (1994) is somewhat similar to my pieces from the 1960s and ‘70s in that there are repeating patterns played on both marimbas, one or more beats out of phase, creating a series of two part unison canons. However, these patterns are more melodically developed, change frequently and each is usually repeated no more than three times, similar to my more recent work. The piece is also considerably more difficult to play than my earlier ones and requires two virtuosic performers.

Steve Reich.