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    Mendelssohn - string quartett in f minor op. 80 - for orchestra

    Last month I had posted my orchestration of Mendelssohn's wonderful Adagio from his last string quartett in f minor op. 80. Now I tried to do the same with one of the most dramatic string quartett movements I know - the first movement which he wrote under the devastating impression of the death of his beloved sister:

    I. Allegro assai
    www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_quartett-fm-1_orch.mp3

    II. Adagio
    www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_quartett-fm-3_orch.mp3

    Gerd

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    Re: Mendelssohn - string quartett in f minor op. 80 - for orchestra

    Really a tribute to Mendelssohn ! I am not so familiar with the original but with these pieces it is an invitation to listen to it as soon as possible. Great orchestration. Thank you for uploading.

    Raymond

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    Re: Mendelssohn - string quartett in f minor op. 80 - for orchestra

    Hi Gerd,

    Another marvellous orchestration of a true masterpiece. Mendelssohn is so delightful and delicate, but you handled it well, with respect to the original. Very nice!
    A few thoughts could maybe improve the sonic quality of your work: sometimes the woodwinds surpass the strings (which is not the classical orchestral seating) and push the violins to the background. The whole orchestration could benefit from a bit more of convolutional reverb (spacial placement) en clarity. Everything sounds a bit dark and dull, although the velocities and dynamics are pretty much OK. A brighter ambience would make your work shine, some more audible depth would make it very interesting!

    But as a whole, and strictly musically: a great job!

    Jos
    Jos Wylin

    http://www.joswyl.be compositions and sampling practices

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    Re: Mendelssohn - string quartett in f minor op. 80 - for orchestra

    Dear Jos,

    Thank you for your kind remarks. For the Allegro I made some improvements in the panning settings of the instruments and in 2 Tutti passages I reduced the volume of the woodwinds. This is all I can do right now...

    In case someone is interested, here is the score (not fully "beautified" yet):


    www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_quartett-fm-1_orch.pdf

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    Re: Mendelssohn - string quartett in f minor op. 80 - for orchestra

    Hi Gerd,

    This version sounds much more 'open' and has more clarity (transparency). However, there is still a lack of reverb 'tail'. I don't know which reverb you're using, but when the music stops (or a phrase) suddenly, everything is simply cut off, whereas it should continu in the room for a couple of seconds (fading away). Your ambience (convolution) seems OK, but the tail length is too short for such a large ensemble. That is not so natural unless you play in a complete dry recording studio.
    But as mentioned, the overal orchestral sound has improved a lot, just like the depth. Keep up the good work!

    Jos
    Jos Wylin

    http://www.joswyl.be compositions and sampling practices

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