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This is my latest work - in Light Classical mode (like Reflections).
Soundcloud file created in Sibelius 6 with inbuilt sounds plus some reverb, etc
Score attached below, for those who prefer or need it when listening
Score still needs tidying up (e.g. removing slurs and keeping bowing), but should be more than suitable for viewing.
Tidied up score now attached
Hello David -
I so want to see your score - I've loved every piece you've ever posted and I imagine I'll feel the same about this one. I'm one of those, as you know, who needs the score. I can't seem to open the .pdf file here; can't even copy it to my desktop to open. Usually I don't have any problem. Any ideas?
I like what I hear so far. I do have a question however. All the string players I've worked with don't want composers to mark bowing. They want phrasing, but not bowing. I'm curious why you removed the phrasing but kept the bowing? At least I guess that's what you meant when you said you removed the slurs ... Without the score, I'm not sure. Forgive my ignorance if I've totally misread you.
I can't seem to open the .pdf file here; can't even copy it to my desktop to open. Usually I don't have any problem. Any ideas?
I can open the PDF both on my Vista laptop and on my iPad.
I like what I hear so far. I do have a question however. All the string players I've worked with don't want composers to mark bowing. They want phrasing, but not bowing. I'm curious why you removed the phrasing but kept the bowing? At least I guess that's what you meant when you said you removed the slurs
Actually what I've left could probably be seen as phrasing.
This struck me as sounding like it was actually conceived for organ. Or perhaps the synthy sound of the strings gave me that impression. If you had a better string "orchestra" it would perhaps sound more like a string work. I know, it's supposed to be about the music, not the technology. I get that all the time. but the technology can make your music sound other than the way you intended. I continue to struggle with the technology, and progress seems so slow. But we must deal with it, if we want to put our music out there for the critics. Having said all that, there is much that is good in your music. Very sophisticated part writing. and it has a nicely interwoven form to it. Realized on a better sound set, this would be quite impressive.
I'm a fan of classical romanticism so this was a real treat for me. Very pretty.
It was a little difficult to follow just listening to the audio file but I guess right now a proper score is your main concern.
I have the LASS First Chair library and all the LASS libraries only require the free Kontakt player not the full version.
THoughtful start, ease and contemplation. Then at around 1:10 I get reminded (a little) of Romantic era composers, Rheingold by Wagner - the ouverture to that opera - features some interesting strings in this manner, you probably heard it.
Very pretty around 3:20, and the crescendo around 4 is just right before the ending.
Score? As I hear in the opening few 15 seconds the danger is it may sound far thicker and muddier than the computer realization. If I saw a score it would be easier to determine.
Otherwise I like some of the counterpoint with the strings and the nice switches to diminished chords and suddenly these major minor progressions suggestion a more modal flavor (about :30 - 2:00, and on and off afterwards). There is some "light classical" in that I do hear some Mendelssohn like string writing sparingly (2:00 - 2:12). Check around 2:15 - 2:16 I heard a few dissonances which were completely out of character - more like a mistake.
About 3:47 - to 4:01 it seems you are searching for a cadence. you do some strong cadential resolutions so much that the digressions sound like the piece is just too long, I like the digressions but if each were a bit more cohesive and you found a way to lessen the strength you arrive at one or two cadences then this section would work better.
So, with a little more work this would be quite stellar. Right now it strikes me as a final draft that would benefit from a live performance if you can. Otherwise, see what others say and sing your lines as you play others to check if all you wrote is what you intended or you figure out something better in a few spots.