I would deeply appreciate getting help from some of you knowledgeable string players or composers for strings. One of my students is writing a string quartet. Her second movement relies heavily on multiple stops for all four instruments. I don't play a string instrument, so I usually work with my expert string players on any questions of technique and playability. Right now, all my regular string experts are unavailable!
Can you tell me which of her multiple stops cannot be played? I know about some of them, but I'd like to get expert input on all of them. She could of course change the orchestration to include more instruments, but her goal is a completed string quartet, so she wants to stick with just the four players. We've already talked about a reduction of notes, but she still wants to know which stops won't work.
I'm attaching an mp3 of the movement, and also a pdf of the score. We don't do mockups, since in my studio we are always writing for live performers. I don't need any comments on the sound itself, just which of the many multiple stops are impossible to play. The mp3 is a Finale playback.
When you refer to a particular multiple stop, could you name the measure and the beat?
Thanks in advance!!