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Here is an older work in a new mix. The word "reflections" has a double meaning: mirror image and deep thoughts (here during the night). It's a philosophical septet for 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, flute and bassoon.

All comments are welcome.

Jos

Reflections in a Moonlit Night

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Hi, Jos,

Nice. The several contrasting episodes keep up the interest. I thought the one at 6'50" rather beautiful, Resources/scoring excellent and yes, it seems to have a moonlit quality about it.

My only crit is that it ended somewhat demurely. After the opening couple of sections which are quite lively (the bassoon solo sets a pace at about 0'15".

Is it worth thinking about adding on a brief summary at a slightly faster tempo? Needn't be a build up or anything.

Otherwise well done and congrats putting together an extended work like this.

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Hi Dane,

Thanks for having taken the time to listen to the entire piece. Of course you're right about the end. It's totally different, but I had my reasons for that approach. 'Reflections' is actually about deep nightly thoughts, that involve (mostly) insomnia... In the end, thoughts stop flowing and the sleep takes it over (finally). That's the idea anyway. But it could have ended in a more 'intense' way indeed.

There is an older version on Youtube with a visualization. That makes it easier to imagine the flow of thoughts/feelings in the music. ( https://youtu.be/269YsfZDVT0 )

Jos

Dear Jos,

eventhough this is not the style I usually listen to, I must say that your piece is gorgeous, especially as already mentioned above the final slow section starting at 6:35 with the wonderful flute (reminding me of Gluck's Orpheos and E.) !! Only the fast sections from 4:30 - 6:30 do not speak to me that much.

Your sound of the instruments as always is unbeatably fabulous!

Gerd

Hi Gerd,

Nice to hear from you again.

Thanks for listening and commenting. And you know, it's not my style either, but I had to try different things to explore my skills. But I have to say that I feel a lot more at ease with 'traditional' harmonies and melodies/themes. However, I redid this piece for the third time (remixes and instrumental improvements in expression and playing techniques). Now I hope it will be performed live once. A bassoon player is interested (and he's the leader of a wind quintet). But that will definitely be after the Covid ordeal.

All the best,

Jos

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