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Trying to get some contrast in the movements, the texture in this one is thin. Much is occupied by a recitatif kind of thing, a statement followed by a brief chorus. It's nearer tonal, just a bit chromatic.

Again, it was a hope to be more formal. 

All comments would be gratefully received for the final revision process. The mixing/dynamics in this mock up need some attention I reckon.

Cheers and thank you for listening. 

https://soundcloud.com/acitore/string-quartet-1-2nd-movement

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Yup, yup, yup, definitely my cup of tea! Little to say except I love it!

Hi Dane, this is very, very nice as is all your stuff! I’ve been wrapped up arranging my latest flop “Freedom of the Press” with traditional structure, melody, harmony... (you know, the usual) and your piece is so foreign to my melodic sensibilities it’s like a whole different musical language and very, very refreshing! Makes me feel like my stuff is so predictable. I never know where your music is going and I find that oddly stimulating. You take musical risks. Listening to this piece was like jumping out of an airplane not sure if my parachute will open. My stuff is safe, like sitting at a picnic table looking at pictures of people jumping out of airplanes. Someday Dane, I’m gonna break out of my predictable melodic formula and surprise myself with something fresh like what you do... naaahh.. I probably won’t. I can’t.

Of course you can, everybody can! It's just a bit of further training.... If you think about it, at some point you learned scales and chords and they taught you to hear all these lovely possibilities. Now you can add another layer of possibilities by studying say dodecaphonic series or pitch classes or polytonality, etc and then you'll hear all these new possibilities...

Music is infinite!

Many thanks for the uplifting comment, Wener. Pleased you liked it.

Claude Werner said:

Yup, yup, yup, definitely my cup of tea! Little to say except I love it!

Hey again Rick and thank you for the insights and inspiring comments..

 I don't see anything wrong with predictable - the listener expects the music to go somewhere and usually gets satisfaction when it does. Nice to have a few surprises, a sudden change of tonality, unexpected melody notes and things It might bore if carried on for ages but song-length there's nothing wrong there. It's why people like songs.

I've found that bizarre harmonies take some effort to resolves - I try to do that - rather than go in for 12 tone techniques I distort the harmonies then rope them back in the scheme somewhere. One of those big insights was that you can resolve a discord on another discord. It raises many possibilities. You seem to pick up the surreal sense to it!

Anyway,
I'll pop along to your latest piece!

Thanks again.
Rick said:

Hi Dane, this is very, very nice as is all your stuff! I’ve been wrapped up arranging my latest flop “Freedom of the Press” with traditional structure, melody, harmony... (you know, the usual) and your piece is so foreign to my melodic sensibilities it’s like a whole different musical language and very, very refreshing! Makes me feel like my stuff is so predictable. I never know where your music is going and I find that oddly stimulating. You take musical risks. Listening to this piece was like jumping out of an airplane not sure if my parachute will open. My stuff is safe, like sitting at a picnic table looking at pictures of people jumping out of airplanes. Someday Dane, I’m gonna break out of my predictable melodic formula and surprise myself with something fresh like what you do... naaahh.. I probably won’t. I can’t.

Very nice Dane, I enjoyed it right down to the final thump.  Your harmony and phrasing are wonderful here, nothing I can find to complain about!

Some of the greatest and most famous music every composed is predictable Rick. Many composers never master traditional structure melody and harmony so it is hardly a mark against you for cleaving to that philosophy! "Predictable" though of course sometimes being bad can also simply mean "the listener hoped the composer would go where they wanted and they did".

Rick said:

Hi Dane, this is very, very nice as is all your stuff! I’ve been wrapped up arranging my latest flop “Freedom of the Press” with traditional structure, melody, harmony... (you know, the usual) and your piece is so foreign to my melodic sensibilities it’s like a whole different musical language and very, very refreshing! Makes me feel like my stuff is so predictable. I never know where your music is going and I find that oddly stimulating. You take musical risks. Listening to this piece was like jumping out of an airplane not sure if my parachute will open. My stuff is safe, like sitting at a picnic table looking at pictures of people jumping out of airplanes. Someday Dane, I’m gonna break out of my predictable melodic formula and surprise myself with something fresh like what you do... naaahh.. I probably won’t. I can’t.

Thank you for your generous comment, Ingo. 

I'm pleased that you liked it and that it made sense. So encouraging.

Thank you.

Ingo Lee said:

Very nice Dane, I enjoyed it right down to the final thump.  Your harmony and phrasing are wonderful here, nothing I can find to complain about!

Absolutely true. And predictability was something developed into the "language" of music long ago. Probably coalesced in Baroque and Classical times. Haydn and Mozart are as predictable as Popular music - no doubt that's why they stuck and prevail even today in spite of many attempts to come up with new schemes. Something of the human pysche? Expectations borne of deeper drives?

Rick has this natural flair for flow and adventure in his harmonic rhythm and this sense of creating tension by delaying or suddenly flying off into a remote key (that wasn't predicted) and gradually bringing us back. 

I can't write a prolonged singable melody. If it comes out in a major key it invariably turns into "light music". So I turn to motifs/fragments than can briefly become predictable in an episode even if the work is through-composed. I'm happier if a listener thinks some sort of communication has been made even if it's just a mood or some moment of imagination to cling to.

But I try. Once it's been tarted up I'll see what people think about a sinfonietta in the last stages of completion - tries to unify material in a single longer movement.

Charles Holt said:

Some of the greatest and most famous music every composed is predictable Rick. Many composers never master traditional structure melody and harmony so it is hardly a mark against you for cleaving to that philosophy! "Predictable" though of course sometimes being bad can also simply mean "the listener hoped the composer would go where they wanted and they did".

Rick said:

Hi Dane, this is very, very nice as is all your stuff! I’ve been wrapped up arranging my latest flop “Freedom of the Press” with traditional structure, melody, harmony... (you know, the usual) and your piece is so foreign to my melodic sensibilities it’s like a whole different musical language and very, very refreshing! Makes me feel like my stuff is so predictable. I never know where your music is going and I find that oddly stimulating. You take musical risks. Listening to this piece was like jumping out of an airplane not sure if my parachute will open. My stuff is safe, like sitting at a picnic table looking at pictures of people jumping out of airplanes. Someday Dane, I’m gonna break out of my predictable melodic formula and surprise myself with something fresh like what you do... naaahh.. I probably won’t. I can’t.

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