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    A piece I composed for string orchestra:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEoNbE_hJ8Q

    Enjoy.

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    Any thoughts on this?

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    It certainly does the job of a medieval type cue for sure. The strings at the head suffer from the dreaded repetitive gunshot effect but that's merely a production/sample limitation quibble. I also personally think the opening strings are too short (articulation wise), but that's just me. Did you consider some period percussion too? A tambourine perhaps and a tabor to add a little sparkle and drive at some point.

    Musically the mode used is evocative imv and the top lines work very well. One can easily imagine this in a game or even a film with better production.
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    Very effective use of Dorian mode.

    I second MikeH's comments above. Spot on, except I'm perfectly fine with the Opening - it's sets the vibe just fine. Yeah, maybe some percussion. Yeah, very cinematic.

    If I had to suggest some improvements (which it doesn't really need), I'd sneak in some subtle and random time signature changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    It certainly does the job of a medieval type cue for sure. The strings at the head suffer from the dreaded repetitive gunshot effect but that's merely a production/sample limitation quibble. I also personally think the opening strings are too short (articulation wise), but that's just me. Did you consider some period percussion too? A tambourine perhaps and a tabor to add a little sparkle and drive at some point.

    Musically the mode used is evocative imv and the top lines work very well. One can easily imagine this in a game or even a film with better production.
    Thanks for the critique, I'll re-consider the use of the extensive use of staccato strings in my next similar compositions.

    I did consider the use of other non-string instruments, but I've decided to go for an all-string (bowed) composition for this piece, as I like to keep this composition as simple as possible

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