Steve Reich: Cello Counterpoint

Books | Cello

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Composer: Steve Reich
Format: Books | Study Score

Cello Counterpoint is scored for eight Cellos and can be played by a soloist with the other parts pre-recorded (This tape is available from the Boosey & Hawkes rental library.)

Alternatively, the piece can be played by a Cello Octet. (There are differences in the distribution of parts between the two versions.) The piece is in three movements: fast, slow, fast. The first and last movements are both based on a similar four-chord cycle that moves ambiguously back and forth between C minor and E-flat major. This harmonic cycle is treated extremely freely, particularly in the third movement. The second, slow movement, is a canon in E-flat minor involving, near the end of the movement, seven separate voices.

The piece is a little more than 11 minutes in duration and was co-commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Leiden University, for Cellist Maya Beiser.

ISBN: 9781495083426
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 25 May 2017
Language: English
Catalogue No: BHI10667

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