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Running with Steve Reich II

A few days ago I wrote about running with Steve Reich’s minimalist music on my iPod.

The American composer wrote back. He said,

“Tell Brenda I read her blog and am glad she runs to my music. That's a good use for it. She also points out how classical music doesn't keep a steady beat and is no good for running. Well, tell her that's true for Brahms, Mahler and many other romantic composers of the 19th century, but she should give J.S. Bach a shot. Something as easy to find as the Brandenburg Concertos. He - if correctly played - certainly keeps a steady beat and would seem like a natural joy to run to.

All the best,
Steve”

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Dear Steve,

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