Since YCP is all about taking an idea and going beyond it at the moment, I thought it would be nice to start our second new weekly blog series with a piece that has a clear sense of development.
One of Michael Torke’s most famous pieces, Yellow Pages is a great example of how a small amount of material can used to last quite a long time! He uses a lot of methods to develop the motif in this piece, but the most audible can be found in the first minute or so. Listen to how the riff changes – each time one note gets a semitone higher, completely changing the feel of it, until the whole thing is up a semitone and suddenly it’s the same riff again!
Can you spot any other ways he uses the motif throughout the piece?