Here now my final movement of my string quartett in C-Major with a main theme based on Beethoven's last sketches for a string quintett: http://gerdprengel.de/WoO62_4.mp3

a working sheet as a preliminary score is attached 

This movement means very much to me...

Gerd

WoO62_4.pdf

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  • Good morning, Gerd,

    A most accomplished work. There's nothing to criticise. It is so Beethoven-like if I may say so, going a little beyond his 1826 efforts. Beautiful writing, a complicated interplay of parts and a superbly balanced performance.

    Was it a live performance?

    Anyway, a gifted piece of work.

    All the best,

    Dane

  • Gerd,

     This is quite amazing. I am just wondering to be sure. This is in no way Beethoven's work, yet based on it? 

    Wonderful work here!

  • Thank you, I am glad you like it!

    Dane, it is rendered by my beloved NotePerformer - I am glad that you considered it to be a live performance - I wish it was :-)

    Tim, only the 4 bar main theme is by Beethoven. The elaboration of it is mine. This theme is so capable for manifold developments ... 

    Gerd

  • Well, Gerd, you're not a surprise anymore. So it is your mastery of counterpoint.

    The movement soon turns into a baroque-early classic style, which I think fully embrace Beethoven's spirit, given his devotion to Handel.

    Another great work. I wish I could event think such a counterpoint even once in my life.

  • Thank you, Gabriele, for your appreciation. Yes, I ADORE counterpoint embedded in my pieces to create a sence of transcedence but mostly they are only rather short. I wish I could some day also do longer counterpoint passages which so far exceeds my capabilities ... 

    Gerd

  • That came as a surprise. The performance is indeed polished and brings out the complex scoring well. Others seem to have trouble balancing the dynamics even with this software. I didn't comment on the score because there was nothing to say... except, yes, you'd need good quartet players to bring it off with the verve of your rendering.

    Gerd Prengel said:

    Thank you, I am glad you like it!

    Dane, it is rendered by my beloved NotePerformer - I am glad that you considered it to be a live performance - I wish it was :-)

    Tim, only the 4 bar main theme is by Beethoven. The elaboration of it is mine. This theme is so capable for manifold developments ... 

    Gerd

    String quartett IV. Allegro vivacce
    Here now my final movement of my string quartett in C-Major with a main theme based on Beethoven's last sketches for a string quintett: http://gerdpr…
  • Gerd,

    Now the semester is over I have finally had a chance to listen to your Quartet in its entirety... and I am just awestruck! This is wonderful work... others have mentioned the counterpoint, which I greatly adore, but the feature that jumps out at me the most strongly - indeed in the whole work - is the freshness and spontaneity of the lyricism, that almost sounds as if improvised, with all the sudden changes of direction... yet on close listening there is a clear and logical working-out and structure. I must say that even though the theme is Beethoven, the work really does not sound like LvB... the lyricism, the melodic lines with their abundant syncopation, as well as the frequent and sometimes surprising turns of harmony, are quite individually yours.

    My one regret is that I wish the scores you posted had been directly from Finale... there is much intricate articulation in the writing that is clearly not in the posted scores. In working with NP under Sibelius, I am often frustrated by the way the articulations I intend (and think I am writing) are not realized in the rendering, and I'm forced to "hack" the note lengths to get NP to play what I want to hear. It would be nice to see how you made this work.

    In any case, many kudos for a very fine work.

    Liz

  • Thanks for clearing this up Gerd. I admire your work!

    Gerd Prengel said:

    Thank you, I am glad you like it!

    Dane, it is rendered by my beloved NotePerformer - I am glad that you considered it to be a live performance - I wish it was :-)

    Tim, only the 4 bar main theme is by Beethoven. The elaboration of it is mine. This theme is so capable for manifold developments ... 

    Gerd

    String quartett IV. Allegro vivacce
    Here now my final movement of my string quartett in C-Major with a main theme based on Beethoven's last sketches for a string quintett: http://gerdpr…
  • Warning, warning! I revived this thread with a necropost... Gerd's last reply was over two months ago.

    Timothy Smith said:

    Thanks for clearing this up Gerd. I admire your work!

    Gerd Prengel said:

    Thank you, I am glad you like it!

    Dane, it is rendered by my beloved NotePerformer - I am glad that you considered it to be a live performance - I wish it was :-)

    Tim, only the 4 bar main theme is by Beethoven. The elaboration of it is mine. This theme is so capable for manifold developments ... 

    Gerd

    String quartett IV. Allegro vivacce
    Here now my final movement of my string quartett in C-Major with a main theme based on Beethoven's last sketches for a string quintett: http://gerdpr…
  • Dear Liz, thank you sooo much for your nice words for my quartett! Imagine, I am now in contact with a string quartett in Russia that will play and record first the 1st movement of my quartett. I am very exited and hope it will turn out the way I imagine, so that after this I may record also the other 3 movements :-)

    http://gerdprengel.de/WoO62_1.mp3

    http://gerdprengel.de/WoO62-1.pdf

    Gerd

    Liz Atems said:

    Gerd,

    Now the semester is over I have finally had a chance to listen to your Quartet in its entirety... and I am just awestruck! This is wonderful work... others have mentioned the counterpoint, which I greatly adore, but the feature that jumps out at me the most strongly - indeed in the whole work - is the freshness and spontaneity of the lyricism, that almost sounds as if improvised, with all the sudden changes of direction... yet on close listening there is a clear and logical working-out and structure. I must say that even though the theme is Beethoven, the work really does not sound like LvB... the lyricism, the melodic lines with their abundant syncopation, as well as the frequent and sometimes surprising turns of harmony, are quite individually yours.

    My one regret is that I wish the scores you posted had been directly from Finale... there is much intricate articulation in the writing that is clearly not in the posted scores. In working with NP under Sibelius, I am often frustrated by the way the articulations I intend (and think I am writing) are not realized in the rendering, and I'm forced to "hack" the note lengths to get NP to play what I want to hear. It would be nice to see how you made this work.

    In any case, many kudos for a very fine work.

    Liz

    http://gerdprengel.de/WoO62_1.mp3
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