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A lot better recording, however you managed that.
The melody seems to be better crafted this time as well and I like the new fugal section - adds a lot more life to it. As does the harpsichord part then.
Look forward to the score and I hope that Notion is more user friendly than Finale (If I assess your motives for switching to it are correct)
The piece is excellent, I liked the Fugal section and the Harpsichord sound and parts. I liked the Chromatic descents in the Oboe in the initial portion (pure Baroque feel). I thought some rhythmic and contrapuntal notes (may be Pizzicato) on Double Bass / Cellos would have added more life to Oboe Parts in the beginning and end (my idea, please think if it works).
I have actually decided that the lower strings are a bit monotonous at the beginning (too much like Albinoni's Adagio for Organ and Strings). So I will be creating more interest in that department.
From 2:58, there is a Symphonic feel (your signature style again).
Thanks for sharing,
Very nice piece. I think it has a good baroque feel, with some elements that sounds more modern. I suppose that's neo-baroque, even though I have only listened to the classic baroque. The chord progression is more advanced than baroque, but the playing style sounds really genuine. I miss some baroque cadenses though, with its typical thrills in the end of verses.
I like the violins "call and response" and the harpsichord playing. That's baroque to me. But the double bass moves too free from the harpsichord to get a basso continuo effect. A minute into the beginning sounds a little strange to me. The oboe is still playing (softly) when the violins gets louder to play the lead. I would expect the oboe to rest instead, since I fear the oboe will dominate anyway in such a small ensemble.
At 5:02 there is a note that sounds major in a minor scale, so to say. It's okay in more modern compositions, but I'm not sure if it fits here. I
Sounds like a good mock-up too, better than what I usually hear from notated music. But to hear it as a live perfomance with real musicians would be fantastic.
Very deep and interesting.
1) Where is the coda? The recapirulation stops, not ends. The simplest way to change this is to insert a ritardando with fermata at the last d in melody near the end and add 2-3 bars of morendo accompaniment.
2) The culmination (I assume it is planned to be around 5:25-5:30) is not distinctive enough. This is probably the most important dramatical moment of the piece. I suggest to add several changes in dynamics (acc, ret, rubato, sf etc) from 5.20 up to the recapitulation. For example, an allargando of the last clavichord section before the recap (5:35-5:45) would make the dynamic more distinctive. Before 5:20 you can add some accelerando. All this will break the rhythm of the quick section and impose some exclamation marks.
Very, very nice Simon. I really enjoyed it - reminiscent of Handel in the latter section, but I think you're selling it short with the label of Neo-Baroque. I definitely hear some signature Godden eclecticism in there, above and beyond the staple I-IV-V. Call it merely " Piece for Oboe Chamber Concerto". A very engaging listening experience as usual.
Pretty cool piece. The allegro part is very powerful though I would like the background (accompaniment) to be more rich rhythmically there's too much repetition in the 4->1 beats, The harmonic rhythm gets too predictable and in my opinion there's too much emphasis over those beats over the nice melodic lines you have. (unless that was your intention, to have that steady support over the revolving melody)