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2x5 is a composition by Steve Reich (born 1936) written in 2008. It is scored for five musicians and pre-recorded tape, or two identical quintets on rock instruments, in total: 2 drum sets, 2 pianos, 4 electric guitars, 2 bass guitars. It is described as a "rock and roll piece".[1][2]


After writing the predominantly rhythmical Double Sextet, Reich was interested in writing a similar composition in a similar style for rock instruments.[2]


2x5 is in three movements and typically lasts around 20 minutes:

  1. Fast
  2. Slow
  3. Fast


A recording of 2x5 by Bang on a Can was released on September 14, 2010 along with Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet on the album Double Sextet/2x5.

Another recording of 2x5, performed by Mats Bergström, Magnus Persson, Jonas Ostholm, Johan Liljedahl, and Svante Henryson, was released in 2012 by Mats Bergström Musik. The disc also features new recordings of Reich's Electric Counterpoint and Nagoya Guitars.[3]


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