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I created my first chamber orchestra piece with solo EWQLSO samples (three mics): Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, 2 violins, Viola, Cello, Double bass. The idea is that each part is played by a single musician. I am planning to get a live performance recording of this piece this year if I win the contest.

The style is rock. I did not use compression for wide dynamic range.

I would be very glad to hear some criticism from you!

http://alch.us.to/project.php?p=Virtal

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Alch,

I really like this.  It has a "rock minimalism" feel, many subtle changes that happen over time.  Would love to hear this one with live performers where those changes can be more easily heard.

Again, since you are submitting this for judging, some of the same type of things are happening in your score.

m5 has a stray time sig that's not needed.

m36 articulations in the brass to match your sound file. (I like the rendered version, the notation just needs to match so the players can duplicate it.)

m42 and 47 and others.  Any time you place a new tempo mark, there should be a double bar.

m56 you've notated the strings w/ q.q.q   This will be easier for the conductor to visually line up with the brass parts if written dotted quarter eighth tied quarter quarter.  Later when the pattern happens in the horns you did it this way.  The way you did it isn't wrong, but lacks clarity when viewed with the other parts.

In m119 the flute should be renotated for the FT effect.  In m121 if you want the trill with or without the FT, you need to indicate what you want.

m131 staccato, again I would use the actual marks and an indication of return to normal.

Oh yeah, the "Jazz Font" thing again!

Like I said, minimalist approach to rock with chamber ensemble, pretty cool!

Hope this helps.

Tim

Thanks for the review!

m36 articulations in the brass to match your sound file. (I like the rendered version, the notation just needs to match so the players can duplicate it.)

Does this mean that I should write staccato marks (points)?

Double bar - ok.

Quarters - ok.

Trill - ok.

Frullato is notated in m110. Do I have to repeat it in m119?

As for the jazz thing, I cant help doing it! :)

Does this mean that I should write staccato marks (points)?

I would probably use an accent with the points or even a marcato w/ points.  The sound has a pretty strong attack and you need to let the players know this.

Frullato is notated in m110. Do I have to repeat it in m119?

Here again, I would so that there is no confusion for the player.  Remember, they don't get to see the whole score, so the more information you can give them, the better.  Also you probably should indicate a return to normal where you mean that to happen.

One other thing I noticed, in the beginning cello quarter notes, I think you need to indicate the technique for the pulses(detache?).  I'm not completely sure so you may need to check with a string player.

Will these 2 pieces be submitted together as a multi-movement piece, or individually?

Thanks, Tim.

Pieces will be submitted individually.

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