Grasping objects in the fog

Not sure if I have ever posted this piece here. This is for string quartet. The following should be taken, of course, with a pinch of salt and with tongue in cheek... The underlying narrative of this piece is - episodes in the life of an everyman, as he progresses through life. The episodes can be roughly seen as:- (a) Starting out facing the thick fog of uncertainty (b) Missing the bleeding obvious - a pratfall (c) Disagreement (d) Hectic, incessant, unwielding, intolerant life (e) Uncertain, hesitant steps in love (f) The false comfort of alcohol/drugs (g) Pitching one's ideas against the flow / the norm, and rejection (h) Confusion at being totally ignored (i) Demoralised, continues journey (j) Gone to the dogs (k) Continues journey heading towards.......?

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  • Oh, my friggin' God, do I wish that I could write this way! Excellent, just superbly excellent, in every respect. You just keep right on doing what it is you do, Mr Stowell, because you've clearly got a very good grip on it. I was thoroughly entranced by this from the very first note to the last. Outstanding work, sir. 

  • It certainly does warrant a live performance, doesn't it? I don't think I've been so impressed with a piece of music on here in a long time.

    Fredrick zinos said:

    David

    This is excellent and obviously beautifully made. Very evocative. Great use of string color/technique.  Have you had a live performance of this? I think it would also work for string orchestra.

  • David, in other words, winos in the alley searchin' dumpsters for food ?

    this is what I visualized, and it seems to fit your narrative.

    this interpretation may have been influenced by the fact that

    soundcloud always appears like a city skyline.     

    All in all an interesting piece, but honestly, I don't think I'd

    listen to it more that once. It's too abstract for the average Joe. IMHO     RS     

  • Yeah, but you aren't average, Rog... Give it another listen?

    roger stancill said:

    David, in other words, winos in the alley searchin' dumpsters for food ?

    this is what I visualized, and it seems to fit your narrative.

    this interpretation may have been influenced by the fact that

    soundcloud always appears like a city skyline.     

    All in all an interesting piece, but honestly, I don't think I'd

    listen to it more that once. It's too abstract for the average Joe. IMHO     RS     

    Grasping objects in the fog
    Not sure if I have ever posted this piece here. This is for string quartet. The following should be taken, of course, with a pinch of salt and wit…
  • That is incredible, David!  I don't get out much, and don't consider myself to be the most sophisticated bloke, and actually don't care for too much modern music. I find your piece captivating, engaging, and actually easy to listen to and assimilate. It seems well contained, whatever the hell that means, and increasingly familiar as the piece moves along, which points to a strong form, I suppose, and probably a bunch of other stuff too.  

    Nice, David. It's a great piece, and you've got a serious gift.

    D

  • Listened to it for a fourth time.

    Yep, still loving it.

  • Paul / Dave
    Glad you liked it

    Frederick
    No, it has not been performed.
  • More than liked it, David, flat out loved it. How long did it take you to put this one together, if you don't mind my asking?

    David Stowell said:

    Paul / Dave
    Glad you liked it

    Frederick
    No, it has not been performed.
    Grasping objects in the fog
    Not sure if I have ever posted this piece here. This is for string quartet. The following should be taken, of course, with a pinch of salt and wit…
  • David, I gave this a second listen and have no doubt it is masterfully done.

    You are very good at your art. It shows.

    Honestly tho', I'm afraid that if I listen to it a 3rd time, the next day you will

    find me dangling at the end of a rope. So if hopeless despair was your aim,

    then man, you've succeeded. The antithesis of the romantic.        RS     (romantic sap) 

    ps- very creative in a lonely tragic way


  • I wrote it a while ago, so not entirely sure, but probably all told a week.

    Paul Smith said:

    More than liked it, David, flat out loved it. How long did it take you to put this one together, if you don't mind my asking?

    David Stowell said:

    Paul / Dave
    Glad you liked it

    Frederick
    No, it has not been performed.

    Grasping objects in the fog
    Not sure if I have ever posted this piece here. This is for string quartet. The following should be taken, of course, with a pinch of salt and wit…
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