Steve Reich & speech melody

Steve Reich at 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music
October 9, 2016

He’s a fast talker.

Reich has continued to find music in speech, hearing melody in the flow of words. “I mean, what tells you more about a person, a photograph of them, or a recording of their voice?”

The melody of the human voice became one of Reich’s signatures. He quotes Czech composer Leos Janáček: “Speech melody is like a water lily whose roots go down into the bottom of the soul.”


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