Different Trains, Steve Reich

Steve Reich is one of the most acclaimed contemporary composers and is a pioneer of minimal music among Philip Glass, La Monte Young and Terry Riley.  
During World War II Steve Reich used to travel by train frequently between New York and Los Angeles in order to visit his parents who were separated. The Grammy awarded piece, Different Trains, puts out a question: what if he was living in Europe during the World War II? As a Jew he makes himself the question: what if I had taken a different train?
The result is a masterpiece where Steve Reich uses speech to create rhythm and melody. 

Listen to the first movement:

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