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  1. Classical Music Discussion
    Hey! Does anyone here have a suggestion for a fun piece for strings and choir? It could be also mixture of different styles or with a hint of jazz. The choir and string players level is semiprofessional. The duration would be preferably around 20-25 min, but all thoughts are welcomed...
  2. Identifying Classical Music
    This harmonious violin / string quartet / quintet melody was used years ago in a short jingle promoting 'Howard Stern's Master Tape Theatre'. I reckon it's borrowed from a full piece of music but have no way of identifying it, or anything that sounds even close. I'm desperate! If anybody could...
  3. Blog
    So after all of this, here's what I think. As I said, I discussed these elsewhere at length some years ago but these are my current thoughts so are likely to change. Just my views and they will no doubt be contentious for some so don't bite my head off if I've not rated your fave as highly as...
  4. Blog
    Again, there were plenty of interesting performances to consume and I've tried to sum my favourites up below. Shame I never got to hear the Hagen recording. I was looking forward to that one. Anyway, here goes. I hope you folks have found a recording you didn't know previously, too. Impressive...
  5. Blog
    Debussy String Quartet Review[/B][/U] With over 120 recordings this was never going to be an easy task and I've had to be quick, decisive and very selective. Skip-listening and prior knowledge of recordings helped a lot in the early stages and there are a number I've not had a chance to listen...
  6. Blog
    After playing through all the available recordings here's my thoughts in summation.. Talich - superbly played and the brisk pacing is spot on for me in that last movement but the recording is so boxy and bass-light that I couldn't wholly recommend it. With better sound it would be at, or near...
  7. Blog
    I've loved this SQ for a long time and along with the 2nd SQ it's my favourite Mendelssohn SQ, totally unlike his others. I just love the tremelo in the first movement, the beauty of the 3rd...it's just a joy. There's a few ways of interpreting it. Some go for a darker approach, some for a...
  8. Blog
    I reached the end of a week's listening to Berg and this has been quite a problematic one for me as there are so many fine accounts and I liked them for many different reasons. Someone said earlier that the 4th movement is the emotional heart of this quartet. I disagree. I don't think this...
  9. Solo & Chamber Music
    Just realized that Dvorák wrote 14 string quartets! :o (I particularly love his String Quintet in G, op.77) Does anyone have good recommendations to start? Top 5 Dvorak String Quartets, for example. :D
  10. Today's Composers
    I composed this piece for string quartet. I hope you like it.
  11. Identifying Classical Music
    HELLO, I recently heard this amazing piece in the video linked below please help me in identifying it, the video's link is: the musical piece starts at 5:10 Thanks in Advance!
  12. Solved Cases (archive)
    The work in question is a string ensemble piece, and is likely in G Major. The melody sounds like this: Does anybody know what piece it is? Thanks!
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    My newest love. After a two-week diet of Bartok quartets, the CD and MR quartets sound lush, sunlit, dreamy, relaxed... Favourite recordings? I'm learning them with the Kodalys on Naxos, but would welcome other recommendations. Thanks!
  14. Solo & Chamber Music
    The TC Top 200 Recommended String Quartets List Facilitated by TurnaboutVox 1. Schubert: String Quartet No 14 in D minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden" 2. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 3. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 + Op. 133 "Grosse Fuge" 4...
  15. Today's Composers
    I'm composing a String Quartet for my high school ensemble to perform (as a project to be able to graduate) and have been working on it on and off for about 3 months as it's been hard finding the time to really sit down and focus. I'm pretty content with my voice-leading and I think from a...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    Was the Romantic style an inevitable successor to Classicism? If not, where might Classicism have led? Can one envisage a development of the Classical style in a direction quite different from Romanticism? There are two strands to this question: (a) The 'pure' Late Classical style. The leading...
  17. Solo & Chamber Music
    I just discovered that a Haydn String Quartet box set of 15 CDs by the Schneider Quartet was recently released. Have read a number of RAVE reviews. These quartets were recorded in monaural in the 50's. Many consider them the best recordings of Haydn String Quartets ever done. Am seriously...
  18. Strings
    Any professional string players here? If so, has your orchestra played with the entire string section works originally written for a quartet? How did it turn out? Here is Bernstein: Furtwaengler tried the Grosse Fuge with the whole string section, but it was not as successful as Klemperer's.
  19. Today's Composers
    Hi everyone, I've written the exposition of a classical style string quartet, after a long period of writer's block. I would really appreciate some critique. https://musescore.com/user/267236/scores/1063066 I made a big effort this time to not wander around a bunch of keys aimlessly like in...
  20. Music Theory
    I've been trying to identify the articulation Hans Zimmer uses at 0:38-0:42 in his song Cornfield Chase for the film Interstellar. () Such beautiful works, such a shame they lack official sheets.... Although I'm pretty sure it's a crescendo, I'm unfamiliar with string articulation and would...
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