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The first draft of my wind quintet. Finally complete. Please have a listen, and let me know what you think.

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Very nicely done Charles..EXCELLENT!!

You keep the piece interesting and moving forward the entire time, and the varied colors of a WW Quintet are used very effectively,

I enjoyed this very much--thanks so much for sharing:)

Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Thank you Bob!  I see that you wirte for Quintet as well.  Yours is very interesting - I'd love to hear it with love instruments!  As good as the mockup is, I suspect that it doesn't quite do some of those brilliant textures justice...

Bob Morabito said:

Very nicely done Charles..EXCELLENT!!

You keep the piece interesting and moving forward the entire time, and the varied colors of a WW Quintet are used very effectively,

I enjoyed this very much--thanks so much for sharing:)

Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Thanks so much Charles..and yes Id ALSO love to hear it with live instruments! I really enjoyed working with the colors of a WW Quintet..I might do another one in the future :)

(Ok, WHO was that that yelled "PLEASE DON'T!!" LOLOL:)

Thanks for your kind words, and again for your really great piece:)

Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Charles Burns said:

Thank you Bob!  I see that you wirte for Quintet as well.  Yours is very interesting - I'd love to hear it with love instruments!  As good as the mockup is, I suspect that it doesn't quite do some of those brilliant textures justice...

Hi Charles,

I listened to this twice, the second time after I downloaded the score so I could follow it more closely. There are some aspects of this that I liked and some that I didn't. I feel that the work is well-crafted and that you know how really to pull out the instrument sounds well, which makes me think you are a player of at least one of them. Overall, after listening to it as I followed the score, I think where the piece does not affect me strongly is in the area of melody. Alltho I could hear several motifs repeated here and there throughout (which is a good thing), I found it hard to latch onto something memorable about it, that is to say that I wasn't quite sure of what the melody was at given times, and there wasn't anything which stayed with me after the piece ended. I liked the punchy, modern sound and the fast forward motion. Thanks for sharing and hope there is something useful my comments may offer you -

Gav

I enjoyed this Charles, thanks for posting it here.  You have good ideas and sounds and the lines have interesting rhythms and harmonies and counterpoint as well. There is an overall "sameness" to it that is punctuated nicely at 3:46 and 4:70 by some textural changes but I'd like to hear more of that to give the piece more of an overall shape and direction.  I think you could use more dissonance as well to add to your pallet of colors.

Nice work!

Bob - nononono Please DO :)

Bob Morabito said:

Thanks so much Charles..and yes Id ALSO love to hear it with live instruments! I really enjoyed working with the colors of a WW Quintet..I might do another one in the future :)

(Ok, WHO was that that yelled "PLEASE DON'T!!" LOLOL:)

Thanks for your kind words, and again for your really great piece:)

Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Charles Burns said:

Thank you Bob!  I see that you wirte for Quintet as well.  Yours is very interesting - I'd love to hear it with love instruments!  As good as the mockup is, I suspect that it doesn't quite do some of those brilliant textures justice...

Thanks so much Charles--very kind of you:)

And again  I enjoyed your quintet VERY much, and look forward to hearing more of your music!

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito
 

Charles Burns said:

Bob - nononono Please DO :)

Bob Morabito said:

Thanks so much Charles..and yes Id ALSO love to hear it with live instruments! I really enjoyed working with the colors of a WW Quintet..I might do another one in the future :)

(Ok, WHO was that that yelled "PLEASE DON'T!!" LOLOL:)

Hi Gav - Thanks for taking the time to listen.  I agree completely about the piece's lack of melodic strength.  Though I feel it has strong, recognizable motifs, it does lack a certain singable.... something.  Something more over-arching maybe.... I'm not sure if that's just a stylistic thing, something fixable, or a fundamental flaw in the piece.   It's something I think that would be good to improve - though I'm not entirely sure how just yet.  I'm looking forward to trying to figure it out though.  Thanks for the feedback!!

Gav Brown said:

Hi Charles,

I listened to this twice, the second time after I downloaded the score so I could follow it more closely. There are some aspects of this that I liked and some that I didn't. I feel that the work is well-crafted and that you know how really to pull out the instrument sounds well, which makes me think you are a player of at least one of them. Overall, after listening to it as I followed the score, I think where the piece does not affect me strongly is in the area of melody. Alltho I could hear several motifs repeated here and there throughout (which is a good thing), I found it hard to latch onto something memorable about it, that is to say that I wasn't quite sure of what the melody was at given times, and there wasn't anything which stayed with me after the piece ended. I liked the punchy, modern sound and the fast forward motion. Thanks for sharing and hope there is something useful my comments may offer you -

Gav

Thanks Dave!  I've checked out the stuff on your page a few times now, and always enjoy it!  You really run the gamut from orchestral to chiptune :)

Dave Dexter said:

I'm not a fan of this style so can't offer useful critique there (the playback does it no favours, of course). But I definitely admire the sax playing elsewhere on your channel. Tasty stuff.

davedexter.com


Hi Ingo -

Thank you for the feedback, and for taking the time to listen!  I agree, that it could use a bit more "bite" though dissonance - especially in the first half - which will make the transition to the development section a bit smoother and more consistent.

 
Ingo Lee said:

I enjoyed this Charles, thanks for posting it here.  You have good ideas and sounds and the lines have interesting rhythms and harmonies and counterpoint as well. There is an overall "sameness" to it that is punctuated nicely at 3:46 and 4:70 by some textural changes but I'd like to hear more of that to give the piece more of an overall shape and direction.  I think you could use more dissonance as well to add to your pallet of colors.

Nice work!

Hi Ray - Sure, the sounds are just a reference, since it's just a draft.  When the piece is a bit further along, I plan on getting some friends together to play through it.  I'm lucky to know a fair number of legit musicians who are willing to come by and play music.  Yes, the Ligeti is amazing.  I love just about all of his highly varied catalog of works.

Ray Kemp said:

Charles,

I’m put off by the poor playback but I’m sure if that were addressed by better production or real players that may change. When I fancy tackling composition with such an ensemble my reference is this 

Ray

Hi again Ray - Yes, it's so important to consider the breath when writing for wind players.  Besides saxophone, I double on flute and clarinet, so I feel I have a pretty good handle on those. I've written a fair bit for horn and feel reasonably confident that I at the very least won't write anything unplayable there.  I'm less experienced with oboe and bassoon, though not without background there too, as well as a pretty healthy working relationship with a few double reed players to set me straight when needed.  Are there any sections in particular that are concerning to you about breathe management?

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