“Nagoya Marimbas” by Steve Reich
Performed by the Meehan / Perkins Duo : Todd Meehan & Doug Perkins
ABOUT THE PIECE:
Nagoya Marimbas (1994) is somewhat similar to my pieces from the 1960s and ’70s in that there are repeating patterns played on both marimbas, one or more beats out of phase, creating a series of two part unison canons. However, these patterns are more melodically developed, change frequently and each is usually repeated no more than three times, similar to my more recent work. The piece is also considerably more difficult to play than my earlier ones and requires two virtuosic performers.
– Steve Reich
Nagoya Marimbas was commissioned by the Conservatory in Nagoya, Japan in honor of the opening of the Shirakawa Hall.