Which features of minimalism can be found in Electric Counterpoint?|Repetition
Small changes introduces gradually over time
Diatonic Harmony (Uses scales/key relationships/chords)
Slow harmonic rhythm (Chords change/progress slowly)
Little variety in instrumentation||
|List some facts about Electric Counterpoint.|1. Composed by Steve Reich
2. First performed in 1987
3. Written for famous jazz guitarist Pat Metheny
4. It is written in the minimalist style
5. Written for live solo instrument plus pre-recorded tape.|
|Describe the instrumentation in Electric Counterpoint.|It is for live solo guitar with 7 guitars and 2 bass guitars that are pre-recorded. The live guitar is ...view middle of the document...
|What can you say about the RHYTHM, METRE (TIME SIGNATURE) and TEMPO?|Time Signature = 3/2 (Three minim beats per bar). In section B the time signature changes between 3/2 and 12/8 frequently.
POLYMETRE - where instruments are simultaneously in different time signatures.
Tempo=192 crotchet beats per minim - very fast.
METRICAL DISPLACEMENT - Guitars 1-4 play the same motif but at different times. They sound out of sync.
Little rhythmical variety - mostly repeating patterns of quavers.|
|What can you say about the HARMONY/TONALITY of the third movement of "Electric Counterpoint"?|1. TONAL AMBIGUITY (Key not always clear) - we can say the overall key is E Minor but Reich keeps us guessing.
2. Section B has frequent changes between E Minor and C Minor.
3. This piece is actually MODAL (E aeolian)
4. Final chord is E5 (E and B, tonic and dominant)|
|Describe the MELODY in this piece.|The melody is a one bar motif that is repeated continuously - OSTINATO.
Live guitar plays the RESULTANT MELODY (made up from individual notes from the other guitar parts)
The OSTINATO is in some parts built up by NOTE ADDITION (notes gradually added until full OSTINATO is formed)|
|Describe the DYNAMICS in this piece.|Fairly consistent dynamics throughout.
Instruments FADE OUT in places.
CRESCENDO in the CODA to the final chord.|
|What is the technical term for the part played by the live guitar?|Resultant Melody|