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Offline chrissheltonmusic

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Sharing my Music
« on: January 27, 2017, 07:11:03 PM »
Hello all,

I thought I would share the first movement of a piece I wrote for string quartet.  Let me know what you think!  :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l64aX1BqsHQ

~Chris

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Re: Sharing my Music
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2017, 01:36:40 PM »
A competent imitation of Bartók, which is fine, but I'm wondering if you could share a composition that is more your own.

I like your guitar performance videos, by the way.

Offline chrissheltonmusic

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Re: Sharing my Music
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2017, 05:05:31 AM »
Hi.  Thanks for the comment.  I certainly plan on sharing more of my music, especially the more recent compositions that will show more of what my own compositional style has become over the years.  I am in the process of getting more pieces recorded.  Thanks for listening to the guitar works I have chosen to play as well.  All feedback is much appreciated. 

Offline Monsieur Croche

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Re: Sharing my Music
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 01:08:03 PM »
Mid 1940's to early 1950's Hungarian Rave party ;-)

Very well done... I realize it is a piece of yours from 'a long time ago.'  While it was long ago, and this movement very well-done (a given, and congrats), these are some things I think best to move away from or avoid.

Coupla tings: 

~~~Even well-imitating a style while your piece still being original is, imo, strictly of use in school,  while training, and about no where else;  the point of it, whether it is modal counterpoint, 18th century counterpoint, or those model pieces along the way in each semester/era of theory, is to get inside the harmonic hierarchy of the era, and see how past composers made things work.  In this movement, you did just that. 
~~~The ultimate goal is to have a tool kit and a familiarity with the tools to invent and solve your own musical problems, and come up with your own particular, 'idiosyncratic' if you will, vocabulary and sound.

~~~The other ting... you did mix meters, but imo, when you have one of the more identifiable and 'catchy' odd number meters, casting too many bars of that in a row starts to sound like a kind of dance music best left to much shorter forms or durations.  Bartok's six dances in Bulgarian Rhythm work, in part, because the are each relatively brief;  a handful, if not the lot of them, would fit into the span of the duration of your SQ movement.  (Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, for the most part relentlessly in seven, with its sub-groupings holding static throughout so much of the work (2/2/3), becomes kitchy vs. catchy after only a few measures, and more than a little ironically, a rhythm that supposedly swings, rocks, keeps the listener off-balance, instead becomes a dully predictable bar line, boxy and square.)


Best regards
« Last Edit: April 07, 2017, 03:40:57 PM by Monsieur Croche »
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Offline (poco) Sforzando

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Re: Sharing my Music
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2017, 01:26:58 PM »
The above are all fair comments. At the start it's definitely interesting, but I would also add that the prevalence of similar metrical patterns becomes fatiguing after a while. Why not interrupt the music with something far less active, long sustained notes for example. And you're giving too much activity to violin 1. Only in a few places do the lower instruments take over to provide greater contrapuntal interest. Still if it was from "a long time ago," it's pretty good.
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Re: Sharing my Music
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2017, 04:37:20 PM »
I enjoyed it.  Congratulations on a fine performance.  Some feedback, I think the violin one is too prominent so it feels like a violin 1 work with accompaniment rather than a string quartet but that might have been your intent so take that feedback with a grain of salt.  Also, the accompaniment rhythm in the second half needs more variation because it eventually feels too repetitive.  Very nice job.

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