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Just googled 'polyphonic pop' and this one came up.
tanburJust googled 'polyphonic pop' and this one came up.http://www.menc.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=5767
Personally, I wouldn't bother with trying to find pop equivalents for classical elements such as variations in texture. Rather like dynamic variety, it's often more noticeable by its absence than its presence in pop music.
My own line was always "here are 20 ways in which classical music is more interesting than pop music" rather than suggesting that we old fogies are hooked on some kind of out-of-date pop music.
If songs from musicals aren't too 'classical' (!) for your students, you could listen to:
'I Still Believe' from Miss Saigon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRphr4qVJLQ (about 3'12'').
'Will I Lose My Dignity' from Rent.
'Fugue for Tinhorns' from Guys and Dolls.
'Quartet' from Chess.
Also it is worth considering using film music. Although it is not "pop" the kids will recognise it and lots of examples to choose from.
I've just been using Phantom Menace - Dual Of The Fates for polyphonic texture for our year 9s, they loved it!
Although I agree with FG above, Queen were quite clever at creating close canonic imitation using timed delay. The Prophet's Song at about 3:24 is a good example. As is the famous guitar solo in the live version of Brighton Rock from about 2:18. I imagine pretentious prog people like ELP and Yes did some counterpoint, too.
But this is as anachronous to today's kids as if someone were to have played me Glenn Miller when I was at school. Maybe not so "cool" after all...
Personally, I think banging out London's Burning or some sort of Fugue gets the message across just as well.
useful link though I think the monophony diagram is misleading: GCSE guys sometimes think that, say, a clarinet line doubled at the 8ve by fiddles is something other than monophonic. I think this arises in an Edexcel specimen paper question about "Peripetie", so the board obviously wants them to clock that a line in parallel 8ves is monophonic.
Marcia Blainethough I think the monophony diagram is misleading
I also think that Bach's sonatas for violin and cello suites are singularly bad examples of "monophony", for obvious reasons.
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