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I haven't posted any music for a while so here is a piece I would like to get some criticism of.  This is a woodwind quintet that is tonal and quite accessible.  It is influenced by the classical period but it does not strictly follow common practice rules; there are other style influences and some rhythmic eccentricities. I will post the score if anyone is interested.  All criticism is welcome, thank you for listening.

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Hi Ingo, could you post the score? Thanks,

Gav

I uploaded my score above Gav, still needs some editing but it shows the general idea. Thanks for listening!

Hi Ingo,

Thanks for the score! It has a mideval dance-like-quality which I think you were striving for, with some kind of modern update which I can't quite put my finger on. I seem to hear several pieces rolled into one, each of which seems to bend down to a terminating lower note which is then followed by the next "dance." I find some appealing things about it, particularly in that dance-like quality previously mentioned. By way of suggestions, it felt a bit sluggish to me at times. I think triplet-based time signatures lend themselves to a natural pulsing rhythm, and there seems to be some of that here, but at times I felt it was lost, and might have been better to continue. Thanks for sharing!

Gav

Very nice piece, Ingo. Easy going, dance-like and the rhythmic twists come across well. I can see no performance problems. The low flute would work ok in an ensemble of this size. No crit of the composition at all. The interplay of the instruments was interesting and effective.

Also appreciated, the score, all instruments at concert pitch. Although I've got used to mentally transposing a score at written pitch following the harmony is a lot easier.

Thank you for presenting it. Easy to listen to. .

Dane.

Nice piece Ingo. I liked the interplay especially in the 2nd part. This is where I think the music was beginning to come into it's own. Especially interesting was 3:03 to about 3:13. That one passage has a lot of interesting things going on. 

I enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ingo, I appreciate these pieces a lot. So different, unique and rich of content. Brilliant treatment of the instruments creating great sound, those woodwind sounds that are so immense and beautiful, put together in a nice thematic development.

Thank you very much for this pleasure.

Kjell

I enjoyed this piece very much, Ingo. The instrumental lines are pleasant, the interplay between them and the turns of "phrase" sometimes even clever, and the music never quite does what one expects. I did get a sense of sluggishness in places as Gav mentioned, but I wonder if a slightly faster tempo would get rid of that feeling altogether.

Overall, I have no criticisms to offer. Well done and thanks for sharing it.

Good points Gav, thanks for that.  Three beat rhythms have a lot of momentum which is attractive but then you have to go somewhere with it which can be an issue. I understand the tempo feel that you mention but I didn't want to rush going into the more complex subdivisions in the later parts. A live group could hopefully feel their way through that issue. I'll experiment with some tempo changes.

Gav Brown said:

Hi Ingo,

Thanks for the score! It has a mideval dance-like-quality which I think you were striving for, with some kind of modern update which I can't quite put my finger on. I seem to hear several pieces rolled into one, each of which seems to bend down to a terminating lower note which is then followed by the next "dance." I find some appealing things about it, particularly in that dance-like quality previously mentioned. By way of suggestions, it felt a bit sluggish to me at times. I think triplet-based time signatures lend themselves to a natural pulsing rhythm, and there seems to be some of that here, but at times I felt it was lost, and might have been better to continue. Thanks for sharing!

Gav

I wondered about some of the range issues on this Dane so thank you for that and the encouragement.  And I'm afraid I'm pretty dependent on non transposed scores,  Sibelius makes it easy with a button that automatically goes back and forth on that for the whole score so I'm spoiled :)

Dane Aubrun said:

Very nice piece, Ingo. Easy going, dance-like and the rhythmic twists come across well. I can see no performance problems. The low flute would work ok in an ensemble of this size. No crit of the composition at all. The interplay of the instruments was interesting and effective.

Also appreciated, the score, all instruments at concert pitch. Although I've got used to mentally transposing a score at written pitch following the harmony is a lot easier.

Thank you for presenting it. Easy to listen to. .

Dane.

Thanks for the encouragement Kjell, it means a lot coming from someone who can produce such beautiful music!

Kjell Prytz said:

Hi Ingo, I appreciate these pieces a lot. So different, unique and rich of content. Brilliant treatment of the instruments creating great sound, those woodwind sounds that are so immense and beautiful, put together in a nice thematic development.

Thank you very much for this pleasure.

Kjell

Thank you Tim for your support to me here and your contribution to this forum. 

The interplay between parts in my piece is something that has always attracted me to music in general and I spend a lot of time thinking about it so I'm happy that it means something to others as well.

Timothy Smith said:

Nice piece Ingo. I liked the interplay especially in the 2nd part. This is where I think the music was beginning to come into it's own. Especially interesting was 3:03 to about 3:13. That one passage has a lot of interesting things going on. 

I enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!

Welcome to the forum Liz and thank you for your encouragement and suggestions for my piece.  The tempo issue that you mention is something that I do need to address. Some work with tempo changes, as you suggest, is probably the best solution and I will study that. 

Liz Atems said:

I enjoyed this piece very much, Ingo. The instrumental lines are pleasant, the interplay between them and the turns of "phrase" sometimes even clever, and the music never quite does what one expects. I did get a sense of sluggishness in places as Gav mentioned, but I wonder if a slightly faster tempo would get rid of that feeling altogether.

Overall, I have no criticisms to offer. Well done and thanks for sharing it.

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