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Original Of Steve Reich's Drumming To Be Reissued
Christian Eede , April 26th, 2018 10:18

Superior Viaduct will reissue the original version of Steve Reich's minimalist piece Drumming next month

Steve Reich's minimalist classic Drumming is set to be reissued on vinyl for the first time next month.

Superior Viaduct will oversee the re-release of the Reich piece which is also being remastered. The original performance of Drumming, which was written for eight tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice, took place at MoMA in New York City in 1971, with Reich leading an ensemble of performers.

The piece was subsequently released in 1972 and pressed in an edition of 600 copies by John Gibbons. It now sells for hundreds of pounds on the resale market due to its rarity. Another version was released more widely in 1974 by the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Superior Viaduct's reissue of Drumming will be released on May 25 in CD and vinyl formats. It can be pre-ordered here.