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    Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Howdy y'all...

    Here's my first woodwind quartet. I've never tried writing for just woodwind instruments before. Instrumentation includes flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, as most woodwind quartets do. This may just be the first movement of a larger work if I feel like composing more for woodwinds It starts in G minor, but goes to its relative major a lot.

    MP3 : http://www.wizardwalk.com/music/WoodwindQuartet.mp3

    I hope you enjoy it.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Soft beginning and continous development throughout the piece was very nice. The technique of call and answer plays major parts in this as do all ensemble music. And I like the last slow part, it's like a prelude to the second movement . The only thing I want comment on is the bassoon, it's kind of hard hear it when every one is playing. Maybe he's shy .

    Good job, looking forward to more of these.
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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Good work on this, Sean!

    In the mix, I think many of the areas where long segments of repeated notes are used; those, I might bring down a bit and make less obtrusive. Could just be my ancient hearing, but they seem to overshadow the thematic material in some places.

    Looking forward to the rest, my friend!

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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Quote Originally Posted by Tovan
    The only thing I want comment on is the bassoon, it's kind of hard hear it when every one is playing. Maybe he's shy .
    Thanks for listening Tovan! Perhaps I'll fool around with the bassoon's mod wheel some more

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    In the mix, I think many of the areas where long segments of repeated notes are used; those, I might bring down a bit and make less obtrusive. Could just be my ancient hearing, but they seem to overshadow the thematic material in some places.
    Thanks for listening David! Do you mean bring down in volume, or in use? Because they do create a rhythm I like, but I certainly don't want them to be a distraction for the more thematic material in the higher registers...

    Thanks for the comments! I appreciate it!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Sean, I meant reduce the volume... lol. Sorry, sometimes I'm as clear as mud. (Again, trust your own ear, not mine, of course -- my hearing's not the greatest.) In general, when you're just laying down the harmony and rhythm, naturally, as you say, it's the thematic material that you want emphasized.

    Just for kicks, an experiment -- not for a finished product -- try a really low dynamic on those repeated notes... you'll probably be surprised at how they'll still cut through, even if very soft.

    Best,

    David.
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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Sean

    This is a very nice, playful piece . I like the change to the more melodic ending. You did a great job with the mixing .
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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Very nice piece Sean. I always enjoy your music. The way you develop your material is intrigueing. Great job.

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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    Sean,
    great I really like it. There are some passages that sound wonderful!!

    Keep on writing, bud!!

    Roberto

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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    On the repeated notes try using (or use more) VAR1 and, especially, VAR2 to increase the variation between notes. Varying velocities and mod wheel data can also help avoid the repeated sample artificiality. Nice work.

    Tom

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    Re: Woodwind Quartet in G minor

    This is a very nice, almost celtic sounding ensemble piece. As a clarinetist I am certainly glad I didn't record this with all those repeated notes. That repetition or long tones can really tighten ones jaws up and tire a player out quickly.

    I didn't hear a big problem in the repeated notes (the notorious machine gun effect) as others describe. Did you fix it or are my old marching band director's ears just unable to pick it up through all the tintinitis!

    Congrats on a great piece. Maybe I'll use some of your approach to bantering the melodies around in my next woodwind quartet. The last one was not greatly recieved by our forum and it was extremely short (3 movements in 3 minutes ). Anyway, I LOVED your piece!
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