That's the way I've started thinking as well, rather than being a classical snob or anything, I'm open to all kinds of music and treat whatever I write with equal fervour and eagerness. That does seem to be the way of the 21st century, besides the folk caught up in doing nothing but ultra noisy electroacoustic experimental stuff...which is good music, but is not the only form of music.
What a wonderful work! You have plenty of stuff here to make at least a 3-movement piece out of it. I definitely wouldn't put this first, but at the same time, I think the end might need to be tweaked a little if it's going to be a last movement. Just doesn't have the chutzpah of a final movement IMO.
Love that B section. There is literally so much you can do with that material, especially in a really slow and lyrical movement. It would fit so nicely.
Keep working at it. You've got everything there in that piece that you need to flesh this out.
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Sounds like a Olympic fanfare from an opening ceremony hosted in Ireland that's gone very, very wrong.
I am amazed that Talk Classical is home to such fine composers! This was a wonderful work, and if I had heard it under the name of a famous, modern, 21st century composer, I would not have been disappointed. I do not think that it should stand alone—I would put it, as mentioned before, with some other movements or in a suite. This is tricky: because you have only written one movement, it has characteristics of both a first and third movement. If I had to pick, I would make it the first. I would actually make the whole thing a four-movement quartet, with the second movement being an impish, playful, scherzo-like movement in triple meter and a moderate tempo. I would make the third very slow; any gorgeous harmonies or part-writing you have up your sleeve would be welcome here. For the last, I would almost copy the final movement of the Brahms Quintet: starting slowly out of the mist, then gradually growing and becoming more apparent, then ending with a full-blown presto—we want some absolutely glorious measures leading up to the last chord. This is why I would not make you piece the last movement; while I enjoyed the whole thing, the ending to me was not at all a highlight. I liked the ending, but it was not the character of a third movement.
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Yes, I agree, and I was even conscious of that when I was writing it... even though it's a pretty hectic ending I wanted to hold a little in reserve. It could have a more definite end movement.This is why I would not make you piece the last movement; while I enjoyed the whole thing, the ending to me was not at all a highlight. I liked the ending, but it was not the character of a third movement.
I enjoyed it. I like works like this, that have a kind of contemporary counterpoint. I am currently listening to string quartets by Nigel Westlake and Carl Vine. Your work has that kind of bright sound which I associate with our country. The Australian String Quartet is one of our finest ensembles. I think your work was brilliant in their hands. Well done and I look forward to the completed work.
Last edited by Sid James; Jun-07-2012 at 10:37.