In a reunion few thought would happen, Philip Glass (L) and Steve Reich, the masters of musical minimalism, appeared onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for the first time in decades between Sept 9-11. The pair were inseparable n the early days, to the extent that Philip Glass once commented that they were “like Siamese Twins.” A falling out of sorts tore the partnership asunder, but the two managed to play at a 3 day night stand at BAM without major altercations.
The performance began with Reich’s Four Organs, with a chord gradually unraveling itself, was followed by Philip Glass’ the CIVIL warS-Cologne and an excerpt from his opera Aknaten.
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Philip Glass’ work has been featured often at BAM, with his groundbreaking “Einstein on the Beach” premiering there in 1984. Steven Reich was called by the New Yorker, The New York Times and the Village Voice, variations of “the greatest living composer, ” and like Glass, is a minimalist, combining non-Western musical elements and Western conventions. In 1982, BAM premiered his Vermont Counterpoint, Tehillim and other works.