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Hi all!

 

I am very glad to show you my new piece with solo EWQLSO samples (three mics): Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, 2 violins, Viola, Cello, Double bass. The idea is that each part is played by a single musician.


Please, write, what you like or did not like about the piece.

You can also see it on my site (in Virtal project): http://alch.us.to

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This is rather amazing music. It appears to be entirly built on one chord, yet it consistently holds one's interest. There is energy, and yet restraint. Very nicely orchestrated. I liked it very much, and wonder what a live perfrmance would sound like. For example, would the bass be as strong? As with similar pieces you have posted, I wonder how the balance would come out. Only one way to find out! I hope you can get a performance. Then you would know if adjustments need to be made. My guess is that the bass would need to be doubled, perhaps with a contrabassoon. But then you run into wind-supply problems. Or were you using the tuba to double the bass?

Michael, thank you for your comment.

Unfortunately, it seems that I will not be able to have a full performance in Russia. I am planning to add separate live musicians recordings to the piece.

What do you mean about wind-supply?

If you use tuba or contrabossoon to double the bass, you have to think about the need for the instrumentalist to breathe. I don't know if you were doing that or not, but in a live performance I think just a solo bass could prove too weak. although doubling at the octave with the cello would help of course, but that isn't always musically possible. A solo bass is relatively weak on its own, I think you need to add something to it.

Michael, I see what you mean. 

Why do you think there can be lack of bass? Double bass is a dynamic instrument and it can increase dynamics if needed imho.

In the first part double bass does not have a separate bass part, it is just the doubling in octave. I do not need separate bass sound here.

From m36 double bass starts playing tremolo and does not need doubling.

Starting from m73 double bass has separate melody, but the structure is very chamber. Little instruments are sounding. All other strings play staccato and here double bass does not need support.

Here I skip some repeats.

Starting from m114 there is a string part, so no wood/brass support is possible. Here wood and brass periodically double one of the string instruments.

michael diemer said:

If you use tuba or contrabossoon to double the bass, you have to think about the need for the instrumentalist to breathe. I don't know if you were doing that or not, but in a live performance I think just a solo bass could prove too weak. although doubling at the octave with the cello would help of course, but that isn't always musically possible. A solo bass is relatively weak on its own, I think you need to add something to it.

I understand, Alch, that should be ok. My concern was that in your midi version, the bass was extremely powerful, which led me to conclude that you were artifically increasing the loudness or volume of the bass, and that in real life a solo bass would not be that loud. But your explanations make sense. Also, in a real performance, many adjustments can be made by all the instruments, so that you can achieve a good balance.

This is interesting. I did not use any EQ of filter. :)

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