New String Quartet: ASCENT

• Sep 12, 2012 - 03:22

New work, completed recently. Still could be a rough version. Not sure, I might change up the ending. ANY COMMENTS KIDZ?

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In reply to by rokr258

You're one of my favorite composers on here. I love your slow, beautifully flowing lines. I'm enjoying being privy to your development musically, even if I don't always say so.

The chord at bar 9 surprised me, which is good.

The change at bar 46 was right. I was just feeling a need for something else, and you gave it to me.

Did you intend for there to be a "b" natural at bar 65? The bass seems to indicate a Bb chord. Although it wouldn't surprise me if you did intend it - you do use very close harmonies a number of times.

The change up starting at bar 70 was the part of this piece that made me say "wow."

I wonder about the ending, though. I think if I heard it played by musicians live, the instruments playing double forte, it might work well. As it is, it sounds abrupt, but as I say, seeing an actual performance of this might solve that problem.

But even if that's the case, think of this: the ascent you bring us through is difficult, it's a real effort. Rightly so. And in some spaces it's evident you love your "characters (who are on this journey)" - there's just a kindness in the music. But should the ascent be satisfying? We reach the top and I don't know how exactly to describe what we see there. I wonder what would happen if they got to the top and there was nothing, just nothing. A dark way to look at it, and certainly we can't live there long. My two cents.

Pretty good composition! I've heard a few other compositions from others who've posted, and many don't seem like they know what they're doing quite as much as you. I've only listened to your piece once, but it seems to be off to a good start. I'm looking to compose my own quartet piece soon, as well.

Really interesting. The chord at 65 is a great resolution and foundation for continuation. I however was saddened by the ending. A return to the more lyrical first half almost seems like it needs to exist but is completely absent

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