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American Highways

fri 11 mar 2016 18:00 hour

The Desert Music of Steve Reich has been our theme music since the beginning. Now, for the first time, pianist Guy Livingston presents the complete composition.
In this episode of American Highways, we also hear Big Sky by Joan Tower, and Desert Highway, sung by Billy Southern. More at

In this episode of American Highways:


Playlist:  Theme Music by Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984); First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.
Billy Southern
Desert Highway
Billy Southern
CD Baby 884501874526
  Joan Tower
Big Sky
Chee-Yun, violin; André Emelianoff, cello; Joan Tower, piano
Naxos CD 8559215
Steve Reich
No. 1 – Fast (7:42)

No. 2 – Moderate (6:51)
No. 3a – Slow (6:06)

No. 3b – Moderate (6:10)
No. 3c – Slow (5:27)
No. 4 – Moderate (3:36)
No. 5 – Fast (10:11)
BBC Singers; Peter Eötvös, conductor. BBC Symphony Orchestra.
BBC Radio Classics ‎– 15656 91692

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