Reich - New York Counterpoint

A 2013 set work. Information to help with Section A & B

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  • Created by: Charlie
  • Created on: 30-03-13 18:03
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  • Reich
    • Background
      • Composed : 1985
      • Genre: Minimalist chamber work
      • First Performance: 20th January 1986, Avery Fishery Hall, New York
    • Resources
      • Live clarinet
      • Pre-recorded multi-tracked tape
        • 8 Clarinets
        • 2 Bass Clarinets
    • Structure
      • 3 distinct sections
        • Section A, B & Coda
    • Melody
      • 4 Resultant Melodies
        • 1st  Melody Bar 25
          • Every  note borrowed from Clarinets 1 - 3
        • 2nd Melody Bar 35
          • Every note borrowed from  Clarinets 4 - 6 apart from the 2 F#
        • 3rd Melody Bar 45
          • Every Note borrowed from Clarinets 4 - 6
        • 4th Melody Bar 56
          • Every Note borrowed from Clarinets 4 - 6
      • Melody is based entirely from 11 note ostinato
    • Harmony
      • Pulsating  reiterated chords
      • Completely diatonic
      • Canconic ostinato alternates between chord II & chord I
    • Tonality
      • No key change
      • Completely diatonic
      • Lydian mode transposed to E
    • Texture
      • Pulsating  reiterated chords = homorhythmic
      • Canconic Ostinato = contrapuntal
    • Rhythm & Metre
      • Bar 25, polyrhythmic texture
        • Continous  semiquaver pulsing in low chords that fade in and out
        • Canconic ostinato in Clarinets 1 - 6
        • Live Clarinet plays resultant melody
      • Each resultant melody has a different rhythm
      • Constant & unchanging simple triple metre

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