Mallet Quartet by Steve Reich, was co-commissioned by the Amadinda Quartet in Budapest, on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary. Also involved in the commission were Nexus in Toronto, So Percussion in New York, Synergy Percussion in Australia, and Soundstreams in Canada. The world Premiere was given by the Amadinda Quartet in Bela Bartók National Concert Hall on December 6, 2009. The American Premiere was given by So Percussion at Stanford University Lively Arts in California on January 9, 2010.

This work probably represents the most significant percussion work written in the past two years. Of the many works he has written for percussion, what do you think is Reich’s greatest? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Originally posted on DrumChattr on January 6, 2011.

Dave Gerhart

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