I purchased CineStrings Solo from CineSamples a month ago. In order to explore the various articulations, I decided to rewrite a choir arrangement I wrote a few years ago of the traditional Wayfaring Stranger, with the hymn Shall We Gather at the River. The accompaniment was originally piano. I kept the same harmonic structure, and the vocal parts are unchanged, except that I used Voices of Prague rather than EWQL Symphonic Choirs.
The cello part is identical or very similar to the original piano left hand throughout. The right hand parts were all revoiced at a minimum, but in much of the song, completely reworked, as the pianistic parts did not translate well to a string quartet for much of the song.
This is my first time writing for string quartet, so I am most interested in any comments/critique on the string parts, especially from any of you who may be string players. In general, I am curious to hear how you feel the string quartet works as accompaniment, and whether there are any issues you see with the parts. Specific questions I have are:
1) Would the octave grace notes (here notated as 16th notes) work (be playable and practical) with live players?
2) Are the double stop tremolo parts as written playable and practical?
3) Did I leave enough rest before and after the tremolos for transitioning?
Please note that I manipulated some of the notation (stem directions and slur positions, for instance), and left dynamic markings off, in order to squeeze all 8 parts onto the screen for Youtube. If I were printing this for musicians to play, it would be formatted much differently.
I would appreciate any input you are able to provide!