New York Counter by Steve Reich - Complete AS Music Summary

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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
clarinet
expands
over
2
octaves
Solo
section
(25-66)
in
solo
section
Live
clarinet
is
more
extreme
in
disjunct
melodic
shape
Harmony
Point
Bar
number
Diatonic
harmony
Alternation
of
IV
and
V
chords
Overlapping
of
chords
Chordal
semiquavers
parts
7-10
Non-functional
element
3
different
chords
used
in
this
textural
layer
B
major
over
a
C#
in
bass
Bar
27
E-G#-D#-A#
Bar
33
F#
major
over
G#
in
bass
Bar
39
Tonality
Point
Bar
number
Tonality
is
ambiguous
throughout
­
due
to
harmonic
stasis
and
avoidance
of
D#s
Key
sig
suggests
B
major
Heard
in
A
major
Lacks
key-defining
cadences
­
relies
on
chords
IV-V
instead

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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
audible
Texture
Point
Bar
number
Movement
grows
in
instrumental
density
Counterpoint
Bar
3
Part
doubling
Bar
9
Instruments
play
2
bar
units
­
rhythmic
cells
2
bar
units
produce
canonic
texture
3
undoubled
homorhythmic
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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
25-66
Bars
25-66
Live
Clarinet
fades
in
and
out
with
solo
line
27-65
Parts
7-10
fade
in
and
out
with
4
part
chords
in
semiquavers
Instrumentation
Point
Bar
number
Clarinets
1-10
Bass
clarinet
Live
clarinet…read more

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