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Topic: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

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    Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    Long time ago I may have uploaded the original piece, but that was way back in the past.
    Here is the revision of the same composition. Of course with Overture 5. All further info is in the
    Youtube movie. Hopefully you enjoy it, at least I did making it shine with all sorts of
    control values, keyswitches, a bit equalizing and above all mastering the complicated
    VSL Chamber strings.



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    Senior Member tedvanya's Avatar
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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    Again I am excusing myself for my antiquated taste. Listening twice, I found several places where either the melody or the cords you use make me understand what you are saying with your music. My stupid old brain always looking for gratifying romance, so it is difficult for me to fully appreciate this work. Oh yes, I admire your orchestration skills, and how you get so close to "real" (as always).
    Hope you'll forgive my blurb here, I just could not resist commenting on something as skillfully done as your Elegy.

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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    Hi Raymond,

    At this time of the year (Autumn, remembrances of our departed beloved ones...) your elegy comes in with a perfect timing. That's not the only thing. With detailed strings you managed to capture a whole series of emotions connected to the sad passages in life. The whole piece breathes some controlled sadness and hope, bundled in various contrasting motives. And as you say, it's not always that easy to control the chamber strings as to make the best of their expression abilities.
    I agree with Ted, that you did a great job in your typical musical idiom.

    A big round of applause!

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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    So peaceful and relaxing music you have composed Raymond. The music is simply gorgeous, full of emotions and beautiful themes. Masterly.


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    Senior Member fastlane's Avatar
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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    I enjoyed your Elegy Raymond.

    There is a lot to think about while listening to this work and as the music affects you in a deeper way.

    Melodic music with touches of dissonance, thoughtfully and skillfully realized.


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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    It is sometimes said that Mozart’s Don Giovanni was the first music in history imbued with a frightening or terrifying quality. True or not, the quality can be striking and almost heart-arresting! We all know that atonal music is intrinsically suitable for such expression, hence, its near overuse in horror soundtracks! However, as I listen to this haunting work, I am captivated by your winning combination of a ghostly and somewhat frightening sound with a sound of ethereal beauty. Your musical thinking is intelligent and I found this product of your thoughts and feelings to be most interesting!

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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    Hello friends,

    nice to read that you liked this piece. It was hard getting those VSL Chamber Strings play as intended, but be sure it was quite fun struggling thru all sorts of "patches" and their behaviour. This was an old piece which needed revision and by reading your comments I succeeded doing so. Many thanks.

    Now going for another solo piano piece. Not as easy as all others presented at this forum. We'll see how it develops. In my mind it sounds wonderful, but the problem as always is how to get those ideas on paper in notes.

    Greetings from a cold Holland (the first day with temperatures below zero),


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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    I just listened again. It is truly beautiful, a real masterpiece. I post again to remind everyone of this musical treasure.


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    Re: Elegy for Strings, Op.14

    On first listen, the beginning was making me feel moderately 'uncomfortable', then I adjusted, and you brought in more comforting harmonic movement. The juxtaposition, of haunting, sadness, a hint of resolving into hopeful. You really ride the line, tilting in one direction, then moving over to the opposite side.

    A very striking piece, you can't just listen passively to it, it demands you enter into it..

    2nd listening, I've adjusted my attitude/emotional state and am able to realize more aspects of it. It moves with determination.

    I've been watching a lot of movies lately, and realized the analogy to a good movie to a piece of longer music. There's plot, characters, situations, conflict/resolvement, the over all arc. you can realize the similarities of the two mediums, (also to life of course).

    Then deeper still, is the psychology behind it. I was a kid, already having been playing and writing short pieces for a while, when I began to realize the composer/writer can control and manipulate a desired emotional reaction from the listener.
    True a lot of music just comes out without the depth of thought or analyzation on the part of the writer.

    You show a mastery of of that skill.. Some very apparent, and some more subtle. I like the direction this goes, and the surrounding areas it spreads out too.

    Thank you for this valuable contribution. You've gotten my brain into high gear..

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