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String Quartet in A Minor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems Mar 8. 69 Replies

I would like to share a work originally from my student days over 40 years ago, that was never played back then and that I largely re-composed recently with the help of MuseScore. Compared to much of…Continue

Saying hi

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems Feb 14. 2 Replies

Hi everyone! I'm Liz, and I've just (re-)started composing in my spare time after discovering MuseScore. I have some background, having majored in music at Michigan (LS&A degree, not School of…Continue

 

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Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Symphony IV. Finale Allegro con spirito
"Con spirito indeed! Parts of this could easily be an undiscovered work by Haydn, then comes that chorale in the winds that opens the coda and that idea flies out the window... I did feel the ending was a little abrupt and unprepared. But otherwise,…"
Monday
Liz Atems replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Song Without Words In E minor for Piano and Violin (Score Included)
"I had exactly the same reaction as Victor. Sounds like a ternary meter, but written in 4/4. ( I won't press the point though, as I'm guilty of the same offense in one passage of my quartet). But the piece is truly wonderful, a brilliant…"
Mar 18
Liz Atems replied to Jörfi Terríson's discussion Atonal piece for choir
"Hi Tim! I don't mean to hijack Jörfi's thread, but I wanted to comment on something you wrote here. I find your statement that a very high number of composers here go for atonal music a bit surprising... among composers working in…"
Mar 16
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion violin sonata e-minor
"The switch to the major for the coda is magical and moving. But my feeling is that it spends too much time in A minor... a modulation or two to a different key might help."
Mar 15
Liz Atems replied to Jörfi Terríson's discussion Atonal piece for choir
"Hi Ali, I couldn't tell you what he has written (or wrote, as he is probably dead by now). None of his works were recorded back then (1970s), and none were performed locally while I was there. So I am as in the dark as you are! I knew him only…"
Mar 12
Liz Atems replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion Sublunary
"My first impression was that the accompaniment of repeated chords went on too long... but then you started doing interesting things with that idea as the note values became shorter and the interplay more intricate... sometimes letting it subside…"
Mar 12
Liz Atems replied to Vinicius Bandeira's discussion Ça a été
"My impression is similar to Timothy's.... I perceived hints of structure throughout but they only seemed to coalesce starting around the 9 minute mark, or shortly before that. I will disclaim though, that I do not listen to much purely…"
Mar 12
Liz Atems replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebration for Trumpet, Piano, and Bass Guitar
"An enjoyable little piece, sounds perfect for the occasion as you describe it. I don't think I've ever heard that particular combination of instruments, ;) but they work well together. Thanks for sharing it."
Mar 12
Liz Atems replied to Saul Gefen's discussion The Enchanted Forest
"Very pretty and atmospheric, Saul. Sometimes it is worthwhile to return to early works and remake them. Thanks for sharing."
Mar 12
Liz Atems replied to Jörfi Terríson's discussion Atonal piece for choir
"Jörfi, I can totally relate to what you write here. I was also turned off by how dogmatic some of my composition professors were about their views. I already mentioned Professor Wilson's remark that "the pitches don't…"
Mar 10
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet in A Minor
"I got rid of the final A minor chord. We'll see how that works... it was either unnecessary, or the ending isn't convincing anyway."
Mar 8
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet in A Minor
"But that's just it, Dane... by that definition a LOT of music is atonal that virtually no one would classify that way. I agree that my quartet starts out in a way that everyone would agree is atonal. And then it has parts that clearly…"
Mar 8
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet in A Minor
"Not going to argue over minutiae, Liz but the G# is way back from anything that looks like a cadence. I know it's there but it doesn't function as a leading note - i.e. rises to the tonic.  You can define any word as anything for your…"
Mar 8
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet in A Minor
"Okay Dane, but like I just said to Jorfi, I think it depends on your definition of tonal vs. atonal. It comes down to semantics. No, I'm not saying that a work has to use tone rows to be atonal. Plenty of music that I would call atonal…"
Mar 8
Liz Atems replied to Jörfi Terríson's discussion Atonal piece for choir
"Hi Jörfi, It really depends on your definition of atonal. I was just speaking from my own frame of reference. It's no more (or less) valid, I think, than anyone else's. These terms have been used very loosely for the last century or…"
Mar 8
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet in A Minor
"Like it or not, Liz, in spite of your design, it's basically atonal. Writing atonally doesn't have anything to do with rows or serial...they were Schönberg's and others attempts to formalise atonality. Went completely weird…"
Mar 8

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
20th century
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Vermont, USA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I studied theory and composition with William Albright and William Bolcom at Michigan during the 1970s, but lost contact with the performing community and stopped composing after graduating. Recently I discovered MuseScore and used it to revise a string quartet from my student days. I plan to continue to compose in my spare time and would like to interact with more experienced and professional composers.

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At 6:47pm on February 21, 2020, Timothy Smith said…

Welcome Liz. I think I sent a friend request. This was simply to offer putting your work to instruments libraries.

At 8:44pm on February 12, 2020, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Liz!

 
 
 

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