from Thursday, May14th of the year2009.
So, Newsweek? They published an interview with Steve Reich a few weeks ago, which is pretty interesting. The complete text is here, and in it, there is a curious exchange that has been bugging me a little bit:
Q: I missed the premiere of “Double Sextet” last year, and when I heard it had won, I found myself upset that there was no way to buy the piece yet.
A: Yeah, that’s just part of the recording business. When you have a 24-minute piece, the official recording hinges on finishing and recording two other pieces to go with it [on a CD]. I’m working on two other pieces right now, and have to finish writing the second one, actually. I’ve got a piece for all rock-and-roll people already completed, and it’s going to premiere later this year.
It’s too bad, because Reich is so forward-looking, and yet, here, it’s like, oh, sorry, you can’t have the music because of “the recording business.” The trick, obviously, is to make the recording business your employee rather than the other way around; I wonder who benefits by making us wait until 2011 to hear the official recording of Double Sextet?