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This, my Fifth String Quartet, continues my exploration into writing music of a more contrapuntal nature.

This work is about 24 minutes in length and I very much appreciate you taking the time to listen, and hopefully enjoy it. It has been very difficult to compose, and at this point I can’t take it any further, as additional changes only seem to weaken both the piece and myself:)

Its best listened to with headphones, though I did attempt to make it work decently computer speakers.

Thank you again!
Bob

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Comment by Bob Morabito on Wednesday

Thanks for your comments and opinion :)

You wrote:

Many gestures, many figures... Few of them can be REcognized such as repeated pitches or long held sounds.

I could not REmember any figures farther than past 10 or so bars....

When confronted with a piece of newer music of such a different kind than a listener is used to hearing or composing, the ability to make any sense of it is very difficult. The composer must strive to have his music well crafted and make sense, no matter how difficult the music may seem, and hope that any listener can also follow this sense, this logic so as to hopefully enjoy the piece.

Great care is used in all of my music, both in notes and form,  to have it make this kind of sense as Im not writing just for those well versed in this idiom, who can easily parse the music, but also for anyone at all listening. Also, the music needs this kind of embedded sense to make sure one doesnt get lost in the more chaotic passages.

So I believe you hit the nail on the head when you also wrote:

I need to listen more.

This is the very best way to hear what youre not hearing now--and if the composer, myself in this case, has crafted the music well, and has done his job correctly, youll hear it eventually. The reason for  these repeated  listenings is that the music may not be composed in the older usual way, with note for note, phrase for phrase repetitions, etc. but again if the piece is well crafted they'll become evident eventually to the listened.

These older kinds of logic are still very much valid used and very important--but Ive found even the very slightest of change in a repeated phrase etc can make all the difference in the world.

YMMV, of course!.

Thanks Bob

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Comment by Ali Riza SARAL on Wednesday

Many gestures, many figures...  Few of them can be REcognized such as repeated pitches or long held sounds.

I could not REmember any figures farther than past 10 or so bars.  Characteristic melodies??? Yes characteristic textures...  Certainly meditative.  I need to listen more.

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