Steve Reich 'Electric Counterpoint'- Introduction GCSE Edexcel Music


Minimalism - common features

  • Repeating patterns that gradually vary over time.
  • Chords change very slowly as notes are gradually added and removed.
  • Diatonic harmony- in Electric Counterpoint, there are 2 different keys but no chromatic notes in either key.
  • Originates from African Drumming.
  • Little variety in instrumentation; e.g.: only guitars are used in Electric Counterpoint.

Electric Counterpoint

  • Commissioned by the Brookly Academy of Music in New York for the famous jazz guitarist Pat Methany.
  • The…


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