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Piece:
NYC


Composer:
Steve
Reich



Melody

Point
Bar
number

Diatonic
throughout


6
note
scale
is
basis
of
all
melodic


material

Hexatonic
scale


E
F#
G#
A#
B
C#


Melody
consists
of
leap
with
stepwise


movement

Leaps
outline
broken


chords/arpeggio
patterns

Recorded
clarinet
part
stays
within


range
of
1
octave

Live…

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Rhythm

Point
Bar
number


¾
throughout


Difficult
to
discern
metre
at
the
start


Short
rhythmic
units
with


semiquavers
interspersed
with
longer

notes
+
separated
by
rests

Counterpoint
builds
(describing
buzz


of
the
city)
rhythmic
complexity
after

homorhythmic
start

No
syncopation
(entry
in
bar
3)
as
Bar
3

metre
is
not…

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4
lower
parts
have
careful
crescendos

and
diminuendos



Structure

Point
Bar
number

No
definite
structure,
evolves
as
a


product
of
textural
and
melodic

elements

Bars
1-12
Bars
1-12

Introduction
of
canonic
material
as

number
of
instruments
increases

13-71
Bars
13-71

Unchanging
3
part
canon
using
the
2
bar

ostinato
pattern…

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