For 2 marimbas, 2 vibraphones  

Co-commissioned by Soundstreams, the Amadinda Quartet in Budapest, Nexus in Toronto, So Percussion in New York and Synergy Percussion in Australia, Mallet Quartet marked the first time Reich had written for the five-octave marimba. This instrument enabled him to add a low bass register that was new to his signature compositional style. Written in three movements (fast, slow, fast), the work involves a series of interlocking patterns among which the four players move. The marimbas create a dense harmonic background in the two fast movements, while in the central slow movement the texture becomes unexpectedly spacious and transparent. Nexus, a group that has a long history both with Steve Reich’s music and with Soundstreams, gave the work its Canadian premiere during Soundstreams’ 2009–2010 concert series in Toronto. 

Performed by NEXUS.

Co-commissioned by the Amadinda Quartet in Budapest, on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary, NEXUS in Toronto, So Percussion in New York, Synergy Percussion in Australia, and Soundstreams in Canada