From his early taped-speech pieces It’s Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966) to his and video artist
Beryl Korot’s digital video opera Three Tales (2002), Steve Reich’s path has embraced not only aspects
of Western Classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American
vernacular music, particularly jazz.
Born in New York and raised there and in California, Mr. Reich graduated with honors in philosophy
from Cornell University in 1957. For the next two years, he studied composition with Hall Overton, and
from 1958 to 1961 he studied at The Juilliard School of Music with William Bergsma and Vincent