Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint - revision flashcards

HideShow resource information
What is the style of this music?
Minimalist
1 of 27
Give four techniques commonly used in this style of music:
Note addition, note subtraction, augmentation, phase shifting
2 of 27
What instruments are used in this piece?
7 electric guitars, 2 bass guitars and 1 acoustic live guitar
3 of 27
When was the piece written?
1987
4 of 27
Who was the piece written for?
Pat Metheny
5 of 27
What metre do the ensemble parts play in?
3/2
6 of 27
What is looping?
Repeating a section of recorded sound
7 of 27
What is the melody made up of?
Ostinatos
8 of 27
What metres does the live guitar play in?
3/2 and 12/8 occasionally
9 of 27
Why do the two metres fit together?
They can both be divided into 12 quavers per bar
10 of 27
How are harmonies created?
The ostinatos build up slowly and are layered
11 of 27
How does guitar 3's introductory part build up and in what bars does it do so?
Note addition, from bars 10 - 15, the whole riff isn't played until bar 15
12 of 27
Where does canoning occur?
When four ensemble parts play the same riff at different times
13 of 27
What is the texture of this piece?
Polyphonic (two or more independent parts playing at the same time)/ contrapuntal
14 of 27
What is the form of this piece?
Binary form (AB)
15 of 27
What is the tonality of this piece?
It is modal
16 of 27
What is the key of the first section?
Unclear at first then develops into E minor
17 of 27
What are the keys in the second section?
C minor and E minor - the music changes more frequently after halfway the key changes to C minor
18 of 27
Why does the music sound hypnotic?
There are many repeated loops
19 of 27
Give an example of when the live guitar plays in 12/8 showing obvious polyphony:
Bars 82 - 85. The other parts remain in 3/2
20 of 27
What is muti-tracking?
Having multiple different tracks playing (commonly in software)
21 of 27
What is overdubbing?
Adding tracks to a recording over the top
22 of 27
What are canons?
When instruments play the same riff over each other at different times
23 of 27
Why doesn't the timbre change much?
The instruments all blend together and the piece only contains guitars
24 of 27
What makes the polyphony complex and interesting?
The two canons going on at the same time
25 of 27
What are the dynamics like in the piece?
There are lots of changes - mainly for the solo part that fades in and out
26 of 27
What is the dynamic marking of the four ensemble parts playing the same riff?
mf (mezzo forte), moderately loud
27 of 27

Other cards in this set

Card 2

Front

Give four techniques commonly used in this style of music:

Back

Note addition, note subtraction, augmentation, phase shifting

Card 3

Front

What instruments are used in this piece?

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

When was the piece written?

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

Who was the piece written for?

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
View more cards

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Music resources:

See all Music resources »See all Steve Reich resources »