Listen to Elliott Carter’s 90+ for Piano (1994), as performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard:
Listen to the piece again, this time tapping along with the “underlying pulse” (or beat).
Is the piece unified by a single beat or does it have several different beats? Are there sections where there is no beat at all? Locate these beats (one or two is enough for this exercise) in the recordings with the chronometric time and use the online metronome to identify its speed (in beats per minute or bpm). What is the interonset interval (IOI) corresponding to each of your perceived beats (in milliseconds or ms)?
You may listen to the piece again, this time with the score (but not before you have completed the above task!). Can you follow along? What are some of the musical parameters that might have contributed to your hearing of these beats?
Post a short response (1-2 paragraphs) to these questions here by Thursday, September 18, 9:00 AM.