Electric counterpoint - Steve Reich

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When was the piece composed?
1987
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Which guitarist was it composed for?
Pat Metheny, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the jazz guitarist
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What does counterpoint mean?
Texture where two or more melodies are combined
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Which out of how many movements is it?
3rd out of 3 movements
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Which musical style is the song?
Minimalist
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What are some features of minimalism?
Note addition and Subtraction, Metamorphosis, Repeated Ostinati, Layered textures, Little variety of instruments, Diatonic harmonies, Repetition of simple ideas
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Describe the melody
Uses Note addition and subtraction, Uses one bar repeated Ostinato, It is a Resultant melody
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What is a Resultant melody?
A new melody produced when a variety of parts play their melodies at the same time
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What is the tempo?
192 bpm - very fast
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What is the instrumentation?
2 bass guitars, 7 pre-recorded electric and 5 acoustic guitars, live electric guitar
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What is the metre?
3/2 but 12/8 toward end (Polymetric)
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What musical technology is used?
Panning (to separate 3 strummed guitar parts), looping, multi tracking
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What is they Key signature?
Section A hints at E minor, and Section B at C minor, but its actually Modal
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What is the structure?
Binary, Section A and B ( and ends with Coda)
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Describe the texture of section A
Begins with guitar 1 (playing One-bar Ostinato), live guitar, guitar 2, guitar 3, guitar 4, bass guitars, live guitar strums, Guitars 5-7 play chord sequence creating Rhythmic counterpoint
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What is Metric displacement? (used in Section A)
The 4 guitars start the ostinato on different beats of the bar , so they are out of sync with each other.
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Describe the texture of Section B
(changes to C minor) same texture but with more strums, counterpoint is obvious when metre changes from 3/2 to 12/8, metre changes often, guitars 5-7 fade out from bar 106
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Describe the texture of the Coda
Four part canon with live guitar playing resultant melodies
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In which bar does the Key change?
Bar 74, but then more frequently as the piece builds up
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Describe the rhythm
Quavers used, Syncopation and Repeated patterns
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Are there any cadences?
No
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What chord progressions are used?
C Bm E5 C D Em C D Bm
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Describe the Dynamics
Fairly constant, only the live guitar has crescendos and diminuendos, There is a crescendo at the end to the final chord
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What key does the piece end in, and on which Chord?
Ends in E minor with a final E chord
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