This a new work of mine. I have explored and attempted to juxtapose a traditional classical melodic style with modern rhythms and phrasing...I'm well aware of my Vivaldi influence in this endeavour, but I hope you hear little bits of originality poking through...I aimed it to be a shortish peace with a message or two, I could have elaborated on the motifs and structure, but in this case, I thought I'd go for the 'less is more' approach...
I hope to hear what you think,
Cheers for your feedback...I originally intended for this to be the scherzo movement for my take on the seasons (hence the title) just so happened that this one got finished first...
my eventual aim is to have 4 heavily contrasting movements, with certain linking elements, in an attempt to juxtapose things I have learnt from my debauched time of being in a rock n roll band, with the different variety of colours found over the centuries of classical music...
I truly like this piece ('Autumn' Quartet). What I love about it is that on first listening to it I felt like I was hit by a barrage: at least two different pieces played simultaneously. But I could follow each one because of their differing styles. It felt a bit like verging on overload; but upon the second and subsequent hearings, it felt just right.
While I like the idea Bob put forward, of using this as an opening section, I prefer your placement. (Then again, if it were a school/university-related set of seasons, Autumn us the place you'd start. hehe)
The one thing I find missing, though, is dynamics. Every instrument and every note feels at the same volume throughout. I might personally prefer a weaving feeling with volume bringing lines to the fore and then letting them settle back under, throughout.
Keep up the good work. I've enjoyed listening to your other pieces and will try to review some of those when I get time.
Many thanks for your critique! One of my few maladies as a composer is impatience...but having read your critique about weaving lines etc, I think I will put that thought process into the score once I sorted out the midi mess after finishing the exports and imports...After that, I know a quartet who would be willing to try my work, so I wouldn't bother fixing up the demo-type version I posted on here as I would hope to record it's premier performance!
I'm preparing a composition application for a conservatory at the moment for sept...but when I have a something more like a spare moment, I'll have a proper listen to your stuff..
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