Reich: Different Trains, first movement

Steve Reich remembers traveling on trains in the United States as a child during World War II. In this music he considers the different trains he would have been on if he, a Jew, had been in Europe at the time. In creating Different Trains, Reich began with interviews of people from both the United States and Europe, including some recollections about trains used in the Holocaust. He used samples from those interviews as the source for the melodies and rhythms on which the music is built. You’ll hear human voices, recorded sounds from railroads, and the propulsive music for string quartet that ties it all together. This movement, the first of three, is called “America–Before the War.”

Performed by the Kronos Quartet (9 minutes)

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