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Vermont Counterpoint (1982)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0028
                   Vermont Counterpoint (1982)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Vermont Counterpoint, which was commissioned by Ransom Wilson and is dedicated to Betty Freeman. It is scored for three alto flutes, three flutes, three piccolos, and one solo part all prerecorded on tape, plus a live solo part. The live soloist plays alto flute, flute, and piccolo, and participates in the ongoing counterpoint as well as contributing more extended melodies. The piece can be performed by 11 flutists but is intended primarily as a solo with tape.

Keywords: Vermont Counterpoint; Ransom Wilson; Betty Freeman; flute

Chapter.  215 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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