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Terry Riley's in C$
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Robert Carl

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325287.001.0001

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The Premiere

The Premiere

(p.39) Chapter Three The Premiere
Terry Riley's in C

Robert Carl

Oxford University Press

This chapter tells the story of the 1964 premiere of In C at the San Francisco Tape Center. Participants in the concert recount the event in oral interviews. The process of composition and rehearsal is followed from Riley's initial inspiration on a bus ride, to the dress rehearsal. Steve Reich recounts the invention of the Pulse, the defining gesture of the work's opening. Morton Subotnick tells the story of how the premiere was almost cancelled by local law enforcement. The decisive review by Alfred Frankenstein is analyzed in detail.

Keywords:   Tape Music Center, Reich, pulse, oral interviews, Subotnick, Frankenstein

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