Below is a complete analysis of the A2 Music work New York Counterpoint: movement II looking at all the elements of music with some taster questions at the end. Feel free to skip to the parts most relevant to you. This piece is a minimalist piece of music: Steve Reich led the surge in minimalist music with pieces such as this one and electric counterpoint.
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- The key signature states the piece is in the key of B major. However, there is an extra sharp (being on the 4th). Therefore, the key is a lydian mode on E.
- Bars 39-45 features a tonality of F sharp major with a G in the base.
- Section 1 lasts from bars 1-26.
- Section 2 lasts from bars 27-65.
- The phrasing of the bars change from 6-8-6 and so on.
- The counterpoint fades towards the en in dynamic and texture.
- There is a four part harmony chord at bar 26 in Clarinets 7-10 which uses a D sharp only for homo-rhythmic pulsations. The pulsations dynamically fade in and out.
- At bars 33-38 the chords are based on 4ths.
- The basis of the melody in this piece is on a six note scale.
Rhythm and Meter
- At bar 14, the live Clarinet and Clarinet 1 are a whole beat out of phrase.
- The piece is in triple meter - the pulse is not easy to detect.
- A counterpoint is a type of polyphonic motif repeated and cannoned.
- More parts are added at bar 9.
- This piece uses no other instruments other than the Clarinet. The soloist has pre-recorded eight Clarinets and two bass Clarinets and has then a final solo Clarinet playing over the top.