Read the article:
Reich — Music as a gradual process
Answer the following questions:
1) How does Reich differentiate the “process of composition” from “pieces that are themselves processes?”
2) Compare process music to serialism in terms of its relationship to:
(1) the role of subjective freedom of choice:
(i) for the composer,
(ii) for the performer(s), and
(2) the auditory clarity of material/organizing principles.
3) Compare Reich’s statements on listening to Cage’s idea of the emancipation of sound/noise (exemplified in pieces like 4'33"). How are their ideas similar? In particular, what are the implications for the relative importance of understanding (e.g., of form, structure, material, techniques) vs. experience in the reception of their music? What problems do their compositional approaches pose to traditional music analysis.