Music - Reich 'Electric Counterpoint (Third Movement)'

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Who was the piece written for?
Pat Metheny
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When was the piece first performed?
1987
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How many movements are there?
Three
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What instruments are used?
Live guitar, seven guitars and two bass guitars
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How does the live guitar fit in with the backing tape?
It is amplified
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How many layers is the movement built up in?
Three
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Describe the first layer
A syncopated quaver motif is introduced in the live guitar and top four guitar parts, one part at a time
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Describe the second layer
A new syncopated quaver motif is introduced in the bass guitars
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Describe the third layer
Sustained motif built around three chords, beginning in the live guitar and transferring to other parts
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How is an ostinato formed?
The one-bar motif is repeated continuously
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How is canon created?
By introducing the motif into the different guitar parts at different times
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Name a minimalist technique that Reich uses
Note addition
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What is the texture?
Contrapuntal
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What is the main metre?
3/2
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Is there frequent syncopation?
Yes
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Towards the end of the piece, some parts go into 12/8 whilst others continue in 3/2. What is this an example of?
Polymetre
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What key is the piece mostly in?
G major
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What scales are commonly used?
Hexatonic
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Describe the harmony
Entirely Diatonic
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What cadence does the piece end in?
No cadednce
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Describe the dynamics throughout the entire piece
Remain fairly constant
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