"Daniel variations" de Steve Reich, une musique répétitive engagée

Abstract : Daniel variations, piece composed in 2006 by Steve Reich, evokes Daniel Pearl personality, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. This article aims firstly at describing the context in which this piece was developed, then also to highlight, using more analytical passages, the processes used by the composer to make a vibrant tribute to the personality of Pearl. This technical aspect addresses only the second movement, particularly representative of Reich's will to develop a repetitive style to serve a political cause. This movement, entitled My name is Daniel Pearl, explicitly refers to the reporter. The only text used, repeated endlessly like a mantra, is the sentence that he had spoken in the video recording made by the kidnappers just before his beheading : « My name is Daniel Pearl ; I'm a Jewish American from Encino, California. ».
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Patrick Revol. "Daniel variations" de Steve Reich, une musique répétitive engagée. Musurgia : analyse et pratique musicales, Ed. Eska, 2015, XXI (4), p. 33-49. ⟨hal-01989308⟩



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