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best solo strings library?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anand Sep 23, 2015. 16 Replies

Hello all,I currently use EWQL gold for solo strings. Although they are better than a synth, they still fall short in many respects, particularly the lack of detache samples which is the most basic…Continue

feedback for 'practice' string quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anand Oct 13, 2014. 39 Replies

Dear All,I am an amateur composer and have spent several years struggling (in a fun way) to learn composition. I was looking for somewhere to get direct feedback and was delighted to discover this…Continue


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I am an amateur composer with a fervent passion for classical music, starting from Vivaldi and Bach to Beethoven Brahms and Mahler Stravinsky all the way to Penderecki and more!

I have dreamed of composing for the last 15 years. It has been a tough journey but I have made progress. I have a background in Indian music from childhood but learnt piano very recently, when I turned 40.

I also took a couple of courses on western composition. I can confidently write four part voice leading and struggle every day to write.

I hope to get feedback from experienced composers on this forum.

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attempt at sonata form/string quartet

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:47am 2 Comments

Dear all,

I am an amateur composer and have spent several years struggling (in a fun way) to learn composition. I was looking for somewhere to get direct feedback and was delighted to discover this forum.

Since I am very new to this forum please pardon errors.

I wanted to first share my attempt at the sonata form. This is the partial first movement of a string quartet which I wrote on paper and recorded using EWQL SO gold solo strings. The mockup  is not that great but…


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At 12:02pm on January 5, 2015, Al Johnston said…

Hi, Anand,

Yes, it is true. Most often one learns about sonata form that way (i.e to repeat the 2nd theme in the same octave). However, my teacher was Willie Gartsman, a professor with the St. Petersburg Conservatory for many years, and so I learned sonata form as taught by the Russian school, which specifies that the repeat of the 2nd theme be an octave higher. Of course, in this day and age one can do what one wants. But in the case of your string quartet, I think taking the 2nd theme up an octave might help by providing more contrast between themes.

For instance, the Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.1  ( handles the material this way to great effect.

With respect,


At 5:28pm on January 3, 2015, Al Johnston said…

Hi, Anand,

I'm new here as well. I've listened to your string quartet exposition a couple of times now, and I noticed one point that you *might* consider. From my limited understanding, in strict sonata form, the 2nd theme is initially presented in the dominant key (i.e the key that is a perfect fifth higher than the tonic) and then when that 2nd theme is repeated it is preferred to repeat it an octave higher than heard the first time. Of course, many composers prefer not to be so constrained ... and likewise you may decide to ignore this convention.(Here's a diagram:

For your piece, the constraint to take the repeat of the 2nd theme up an octave will present some range problems. The work-around is to re-arrange the initial presentation of the 2nd theme, giving it to the upper range of the 2nd violin (or another lower string), and then upon the repeat to give it to the first violin. Again, this is a nit-picky point, but I wanted to mention it because it can be so effective in certain situations.

Keep working on your piece. Composing is the best way to learn to appreciate compositions.

At 12:38am on October 8, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Anand! Hope you enjoy the forum


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