Music for Pieces of Wood

From Wind Repertory Project
Steve Reich

Steve Reich

General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $26.95


Full Score
Percussion (5 players), Including:

  • Claves (5 pairs, tuned)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Music for Pieces of Wood grows out of the same roots as Clapping Music: a desire to make music with the simplest possible instruments. The claves, or cylindrical pieces of hard wood, used here were selected for their particular pitches (A, B, C#, D#, and D# an octave above), and for their resonant timbre. This piece is one of the loudest I have ever composed, but uses no amplification whatsoever.

The rhythmic structure is based entirely on the process of rhythmic "buildups" or the substitution of beats for rests, and is in three sections of decreasing pattern length: 6/4, 4/4, 3/4.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Reich, S. [1980]. Music for Pieces of Wood. [Clave quintet.] [score]. Universal Edition: London.
  • Steve Reich website Accessed 12 December 2020