Reich Section B answers

Reich section b answers

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  • Melodies are made up of a continuously repeating cells 
  • They are looped to make ostinatis
  • Their are interlocking melodies
  • The motif is introduced by the live guitar and the top four guitar parts at different times forming a canon
  • The motifs metamorphis through note addition
  • The live guitar plays the resultant melody 
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  • Tonality is ambiguous until bar 32 when it is clearly defined as E minor
  • Reich makes further use of tonal ambiguity by frequent changes between E minor and C minor
  • These key change happen more regularly as the piece builds up 
  • Piece can also be called modal due to the absence of D#
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  • Mailnly Contrapuntal which is built up in layers
  • Two canons going on at the same time make the polyphony more complex and interesting
  • Once all the parts have been introduced, the texture is quite constant but due to use of panning and interweaving rhythms, the texture always seems to be shifting
  • The texture thins out towards the end of the piece as guitars 5-7 and the basses fade out
  • Order of build up

-Guitar 1, then live guitar

-Guitars 2-4

-Bass guitars 1-2

-Guitars 5-7

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  • Two main sections, followed by a coda
  • Could be described as Ternary Form
  • The main sections are divided into 4 smaller sections
  • The sections are defined by changes in key and texture
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  • Changes in metre between 3/2 and 12/8 in Section B
  • It is Rhythmically Complex with much repitition
  • Their is rhythmic counterpoint 
  • Their is metrical displacement
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