Electric Counterpoint - Steve Reich

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Year of composition: 1987

Historical period: Minimalism


  • The melody is made up of continuously repeated one bar patterns to form an ostinato. This pattern is introduced by the lead guitar and the top four guitar parts.
  • In some parts the melody is built up through note addition.


  • This piece has a contrapuntal texture. When all parts are independent and one starts after another, usually playing the same melody.


The piece builds up in three layers:

1. A syncopated quaver motif is introduced by the live guitar and top four              guitars, one at a time.

2. A new syncopated motif…




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