New York Counterpoint

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  • Created by: Megan
  • Created on: 12-05-13 15:40

Performing Forces

  • 10 pre-recorded clarinets (including 2 bass clarinets)
  • 1 live clarinet 
  • Written in 1985 in a series of works 
  • The music sounds a tone lower that notated 
  • Live clarinet has the most active and interesting part (range of over 2 octaves)
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Tonality

  • Diatonic
  • Hexatonic scale-based
  • Lydian feel
  • B major - never resolves to it
          - no Dsharp until pulsing chords (bar27)
  • Lack of any key-defining cadences 
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Melody

  • Repetition of falling phrase (bar 1/2)
  • Bar 35 - Live clarinet given more range and is more extreme in its disjunct melodic shape
  • Broken chord/arpeggiac patterns
  • Leaps and some stepwise movement 
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Structure

  • Thematic - evolves 
  • 2 distinct sections - bars 1-26/bars 27-end
    (bar 67 thins out = reversal of the beginning)
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Rhythm and Metre

  • Simple triple metre throughout 
  • Metre is hard to discern
  • Bar 27 = clarinets enter with repetitive semiquavers (pulsating chordal homophony) = evolved into a complex tapestry of rhythms which evoke the buzz of the city 
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Harmony

  • Alternation of chords IV and V form the main harmonic movement of the piece 
  • Dissonance (bar 27 in Bmajor chord over Csharp in bass/bar 39 there is an Fsharp over a Gsharp in the bass)
  •  Overlap of chords result in brief, but audible dissonance 
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Texture

  • Central feature - outlines the structure
  • Persistant use of staggered repetition of melodic material 
  • Canonic material 
  • Imitation
  • Live clarinet bar 25 = textual independence and solo passagework
  • Opening bars - homorhythm
  • Counterpoint
  • Bar 13 = music divided into 3 undoubled homorhythmic pairings 
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