String quintet

The late String Quintet by Schubert is widely regarded as one of the greatest of chamber works and I wanted to write something which captured something of the feeling of that masterpiece although my work is in many ways very different.  However it is more classically orientated than the piano quintet I recently posted so may be more palatable for some. Although I keep changing my mind, it is currently my favourite of my chamber works so am interested in what those on this forum who have time to listen to something with Schubert's "heavenly length" make of it. The slow movement, as is usually the case in my chamber works, is the heart of the piece and after that I regarded the work as complete and not requiring a conventional finale.

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  • Hi David, I think this is a wonderful piece.  You know, although I definitely hear the "classical" strains, it reminds me a lot of the chamber music of the Late Romantics, even pushing a bit into some of the pre-atonal music of the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern).  I'm still trying to figure out your music -- it has a certain "logic" to it, but it also does feel very "stream of consciousness" (as we talked about before).  I like that aspect of it.  It's not predictable, which for me is a good thing.  The pieces I've listened to so far of yours have a very "dreamy" feel to them.  They're almost like impressionistic paintings, in a way.  Not hard-edged, not angular, but smooth and drifting.  I feel I am wandering in a dream world, or perhaps losing myself in deep meditation.  Fine work!      

    • well, Greg -- I thought it was the middle of the night where you are so I'm astonished that you have managed to listen to this piece so quickly! Anyway, I'm grateful for your comments and appreciation. It's true that there is a good deal of late romantic harmonically and aesthetically (there are those who argue that some late Schubert and Beethoven have expressionistic or late romantic elements about them as well) but the structure remains broadly classical. Although it is often smooth and drifting, there are also a few wildly passionate outbursts which is one thing it shares with Schubert. I do think it includes one or two of my best tunes, particularly the one first heard at 29'16" but I realise this is all rather subjective.


      • It's early morning now.  We have a new kitten that is wreaking havoc.  Nonetheless, I do tend to keep odd hours, haha.

        I didn't mean to imply by my comments that there is no passion or agitation (or the like) in the piece.  Only that the drama is more subtle, most of the time at least.  This is a good thing in my view because it feels deeper emotionally.

        I did find the tunes memorable.  I found myself humming along to one early in the work.  


        • we have a dog who sometimes thinks dawn is a good time for a walk but not quite as extreme as your kitten. It's a good sign if you're able to hum along to a tune!

          Now back to listening to your Piano Concerto which is already fascinating but will take some time to get to grips with so I may not be the first to comment.


          • This kitten is our fourth cat.  I was a dog person growing up, but the woman I married was a cat person, so naturally, I had to transition.  One of our older cats is particularly annoying.  At about 4:00 a.m. she starts nudging and bumping and sticking her wet nose in your face and won't stop until you get up.  My wife complains but I enjoy reminding her that this little cat preserve we've got going on here was all her idea.  

            No worries about commenting on PC #2.  Take your time.  Maybe in the future, I'll compose some shorter pieces for a change.  I'm thinking of some solo piano miniatures.  No real ideas yet, just tossing around the prospect.

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