Carmina burana – Chorus =

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I knew the rehearsal schedule for Tuesday morning: first Carmina burana, without chorus; then Steve Reich’s The Four Sections.

But when the music began to come through the office speakers, I immediately took notice. “Is this the Steve Reich piece?” Repetition, pulsation, interlocking rhythmic and harmonic patterns, inventive use of percussion.

Nope. Carmina burana. Take away the chorus and you have American minimalism.

I shared this with Tom Stubbs, who is playing marimba in The Four Sections, while we were shooting an interview for the video blog. He looked at me for a full beat. “I’m speechless,” he said.