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    String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    I haven’t posted on this forum in ages – I can’t post at work and I’ve been way too busy at home to even think of going on-line.

    On the good side, I have had a little time to devote to music. During the last few weeks I’ve been working on a string quartet. I just finished a rough draft of the first movement.

    All comments, good, bad or ugly, are greatly appreciated.

    String Quartet in G 1 st Movement – Draft -
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    Re: String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    Trent,

    Very nice work. I think that it is very well done from the composition standpoint. One thing that I think would suggest is to give it more feeling of space and depth is to carefully add some reverb to it.

    Are you using a notation package such as Finale along with GPO? Which GPO instruments did you use for the playback?

    I am anxious to hear the remaining movements.

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    Re: String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    Reverb is a must but hey this doesn't sound bad without reverb. It reminds me how familiar it sounds like when I stayed at the strings room in my high school.
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    Re: String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    Gary and Tovan – Thanks for listening. originally I made a mix down with more reverb and it had too much and was muddy. I tried again and ended up with too little. I guess third times a charm – I just replaced the mp3 with one that has more reverb but hopefully not too much.

    Gary – I wrote everything out using Sibelius just using the default sounds. I exported to midi and imported the midi to Cubase. I used the “String Quartet” multi in GPO but adjusted levels and position a bit. I believe the multi had the Guarni solo as 1st violin, strad as second and then viola solo and cello solo. They were KS versions but I didn't use KS - when I tried for tremolos they came out even worse than they sound now.

    In Cubase I had to do all of the mod wheel/volume stuff by hand which is why it might be a bit rough. I also had to play with the velocity so the articulations made a little more sense.

    Thanks for listening and for your comments.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    Trent,
    Reverb aside, this is masterful quartet writing. Really masterful. The counterpoint and harmonies are perfectly suited for quartet. Your development of the motives was joyous. I found myself hanging on every note. Bravo!!
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    Re: String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    Bill – Thanks for the high praise!

    This is my first attempt at writing a string quartet. I spent a few weeks studying the quartets of Haydn and Mozart before I started this so I had the sound in my ear.

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Excellent writing, Sir! I enjoyed your string quartet very much. When are you going to write another one?

    A tad more p or pp, from time to time, may have provided more dynamic contrast and perhaps a few subtle tempo changes in some places too.

    Thanks for posting it.

    My best,

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    Excellent quartet writing, Trent; perfect for the
    ensemble... and very expressively and convincingly
    rendered, as well. (I'd agree with just the slightest
    bit more reverb, by the way -- but very, very, very
    little more. I like the fine clarity of it, as is.)

    If this is a draft, I am most definitely looking forward
    to the completed piece!

    Best,

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    Re: String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    Larry – Thanks for listening and for your comments.

    I will most likely put some more dynamic markings and accents in this. As it is, a lot of the dynamics you hear are only written on a print out of the score and not in Sibelius yet.

    I don’t think I am going to change tempos in the score but I might change the tempo in the rendering a little to give it more life.

    Thanks again for listening and for your suggestions.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: String Quartet in G - 1st Movement

    David – thanks for taking the time to listen and to comment.

    I have to say draft – at the very least there will be some slight tweaking. It’s also entirely possible that next week I’ll listen to this again and end up re-writing half of it. I’ve made the mistake of posting something saying it is finally complete only to change almost every note.

    Anyway, glad you liked it. Hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for the second movement.

    Thanks again for your comments.
    Trent P. McDonald

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