Reich New York counter point

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  • Created by: Harriet
  • Created on: 30-04-13 12:17

Reich's Melody

  • Arpeggiated
  • No main melodic line/ melody everywhere
  • Ostinato
  • Mainly disjunct
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Reich's Rhythm

  • Ostinato's
  • Syncopation
  • Rhythmic displacement - staggered entries
  • Homorhythmic pairs - bar 1-2
  • Rests to break up melodic line 
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Reich's Instruments

  • Clarinets - 11 total
  • 9 clarinets - 1 live, 8 recorded
  • 2 bass clarinets
  • multi-tracked
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Tonality and Harmony

  • Modal harmony opposed to functional - Lydean mode on E
  • constant - no modulations
  • rhythmic displacement creates dissonance
  • B major implied in key signature - Only chords IV and V used - hard to establish key
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Reich's Structure

  • Swelling texture- continuous
  • No clear structure - defined by changes in texture
  • Pulsating semi quavers fade in and out show swell
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Reich's texture

  • Contrapuntel
  • Canonic texture
  • Homorhythmic pairs
  • Imitation
  • mainly polyphonic
  • Fade in and out - smooth changes in canon
  • Rhythmic phasing
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