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Steve Reich: The ECM Recordings - Bob Becker (tambourine); Bob Becker (marimba); Bob Becker (xylophone); Cheryl Bensman Rowe (soprano); Chris Finckel (cello); Claire Bergman (viola); David Van Tieghem (piano); David Van Tieghem (marimba); David Van Tieghem (xylophone)
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  1. Music for 18 Musicians, for 4 female voices & 16 instruments: Pulse / Sections I-X / Pulse
  2. Music for a Large Ensemble, for 2 female voices and small orchestra
  3. Violin Phase, for violin and tape (or 4 violins)
  4. Octet, for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, 2 pianos, 2 violins, viola & cello (revised as "Eight Lines")
  5. Tehillim, for 3 sopranos, alto, winds, strings, percussion & keyboards
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Early in his career, Steve Reich released three groundbreaking albums on ECM Records that established his relationship with this forward-looking label and solidified his reputation as a major American composer. With the recording of Music for 18 Musicians in 1978, Reich received widespread praise from both listeners and critics, and its success led to the subsequent release in 1981 of Octet; Music for a Large Ensemble; Violin Phase, which expanded Reich's catalog of pattern-based instrumental works, and Tehillim in 1982, ...