AOS2 Electric Counterpoint - Steve Reich - 1987

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  • Created on: 15-05-13 12:14

Metre, Rhythm and Tempo

Metre

3/2 simple triple to 12/8 compound quadruple (some parts, never all at once)

Rhythm

  • Changes accent points
  • Metamorphosis (gradual changes)
  • Melodic guitar and bass quaver based
  • Syncopation
  • Cross rhythms

Tempo

Very fast - 192 bmp

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Dynamics, Accompaniment/Instrumentation and Textur

Dynamics

  • 4 part canon - mf
  • Bass - starts f builds to ff
  • Chords - mf fading to p
  • Live guitar only part that regularly changes

Accompaniment/Instrumentation

  • Built on layers of 9 prerecorded parts - panning used to distinguish
  • 7 recorded guitars - 4 melodic, 3 chordal
  • 2 recorded bass guitars
  • One live guitar - Pat Metheny

Texture

Starts monophonic, polyphonic from second guitar entry. Canon - 4 parts

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Harmony and Tonality, Melody and Form/Structure

Harmony and Tonality

  • E minor modulates to C minor in the next section
  • Tonality is initially ambiguous

Melody

  • Resultant melody taken from other 4 parts
  • Repetitive
  • Starts 1 bar guitar ostinato
  • Note addition features in every part entry

Form/Structure

  • A - B - Coda
  • Canon - 4 parts
  • B section starts from first time modulates to C minor
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