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An attempt to compose a formal 3 movement work, this being the first. Composed February/ March this year. It was another attempt to broaden out from more familiar impressionist territory, aiming to develop motifs in a more formal and coherent way.

Although the quartet is complete I’m offering up just the first movement at this point.

Any comment good or bad would be truly appreciated and thank you for listening. Such feedback would be most valuable in approaching a second quartet or perhaps quintet.

Thank you.

Dane.

https://soundcloud.com/acitore/string-quartet-1-1st-movement

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Sounds great Dane, I like it!  I can hear your development work with a casual listen which is a good thing I think. You probably agree that this could be extended much longer, perhaps you're being considerate of our busy schedules?

I like your use of dotted rhythms and anticipations, the flow is good without being eccentric at all.  I'm not a lover of strong dissonance for its own sake but artfully used it is a powerful tool, to my ears at least, and I feel you could easily use more of it without alienating our tender classical ears.  My own opinion of course!

I look forward to the next movements.

I had trouble latching on to a melody--but it was put together well enough that my brain always knew there WAS a cohesive melody, even though I couldn't pin it down. Very interesting! On a technical note, the first thing I noticed in the recording was the quality of the panning for the different instruments. Is that something you did or was it automatically made in your program? 

I enjoyed it!

Many thanks, Ingo.

I suppose it could be extended but it seemed to end naturally as it did although I considered pruning out a few bars here and there. But anyway, thank you for your comment. Most encouraging. I'll put the next movement up in a day or two. It's rather in contrast to this one, the texture far thinner.

Yes, I'm alive to many members being busy, and I suppose across time I've got used to keeping pieces short(ish) so there's a bigger chance of performance. It's always an unfamiliar name going at the bottom of the bill ! 

Thank you for listening. 

Ingo Lee said:

Sounds great Dane, I like it!  I can hear your development work with a casual listen which is a good thing I think. You probably agree that this could be extended much longer, perhaps you're being considerate of our busy schedules?

I like your use of dotted rhythms and anticipations, the flow is good without being eccentric at all.  I'm not a lover of strong dissonance for its own sake but artfully used it is a powerful tool, to my ears at least, and I feel you could easily use more of it without alienating our tender classical ears.  My own opinion of course!

I look forward to the next movements.

Hi, Matt,

Thank you for listening and your kind comment. Most appreciated.

One of the reasons behind these recent compositions is trying to break away from an impressionist, "through composed" style. Melodies of sorts are there, sometimes emerging as motifs which get extended but I hoped to give melody a more formal role. I don't think I succeeded too well. If there's one thing I'm hopeless at it's writing a long melody. Much of the material is drawn from the opening statement plus the rhythmic figure that follows it.

As for the panning, it's something I'm still learning about but this one conforms to the standard layout of a quartet as far aw I know.

Again, thanks. 

Matt Baker said:

I had trouble latching on to a melody--but it was put together well enough that my brain always knew there WAS a cohesive melody, even though I couldn't pin it down. Very interesting! On a technical note, the first thing I noticed in the recording was the quality of the panning for the different instruments. Is that something you did or was it automatically made in your program? 

I enjoyed it!

You never cease to amaze! I could make a joke and say “I can’t stop humming this tune” because of course that would be impossible, hence the joke. I’m not too well versed in musical idioms, is this avant-garde? I know just enough about musical periods to know that if I refer to the Moonlight Sonata as being classical music that the romanticists will correct me. So if this is not avant-garde please forgive my ignorance. I don’t usually describe music in terms of whether I like or dislike something but rather if it’s interesting or non-interesting. This piece, and really all the stuff I’ve heard of yours is definitely interesting. High praise coming from me.. not that you care, hehehe. I don’t know how you do this sort of thing and that alone piques my interest. I wish I could give a more informed critique but you’ll just have to settle for “Wow, this is wild!”

You're most kind with your comments, Rick, and thank you. Well, I do care and appreciate them!. No point in writing music for public exposure that doesn't engage with some listeners at some level. 

I'd say it was just "modern". No doubt there's some category for it. But not avant garde (which to me is a synonym for "might be musically interesting in parts but is usually incomprehensible"!) That's the realm of "serial music" - the Schoenberg "twelve tone system" and others who carried it further than just pitches. Stockhausen and Messiaen for example - total serialism. It had a point to make which hasn't caught on for possibly one big reason - there are language qualities about music that seem embedded in human psyche

These composers tried to create new languages that simply didn't work. It's as good as a fact that if you want to communicate something the receiver needs some comprehension of what the transmitter is sending. LOL, best way I can put it. 

So that's not me. Not even atonal - no key centre. I keep quite close to tonality, work with motifs a lot rather than prolonged melody, and much of my stuff is "through composed" meaning it doesn't have formal structure of, say, subject A followed by subj B, development then recapitulation. It just develops from moment to moment as it will.

Well, this piece attempted to grab back some formal structure. I'm not sure it was successful but.... if it engaged your interest enough to listen through, I'm consoled indeed.

Again, thank you. Comment much appreciated..

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