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Steve Reich: Cello Counterpoint: Cello

Study Score | Cello
Composer Steve Reich
Publisher Boosey and Hawkes
Instrumentation Cello and Tape

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.

Subtitle Version For Solo Cello and Tape
Difficulty Intermediate-Advanced
Product Format Study Score
Product Type Sheet Music
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Duration 0:11:30
Pages 72
ISMN 9790051106677
ISBN 9781495083426
Edition Number BHI 10667
Catalog No. BHI10667
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