I hadn't considered modality to be a strong goal here, so my feedback lacked that element. If you are going for the simple modality of folk music, that often uses a burdon to establish it, then certainly. But even modal music started using leading tones and chromatic motion as it got more complex, pretty soon. (Take a look at any 16-17th century italian harpsichord music for example)
Really good work here! I love the theme the opens the work, and it's subsequent development. Maybe it's me, but I think you should have reprised the beginning theme one last time towards the end.
I agree with MonaracheonAan that the 1st cello part should be in tenor clef during those high parts. As for the bowings, I think players can come up with whatever they are comfortable with on their own (as demonstrated in the wonderful live recording)
It's a catchy little melody, sounds well orchestrated enough. I think it can be developed a little more, perhaps a B section, and then a grander variation of the theme again.
Also I'm gonna move this to the incidental/soundtrack thread.
when listening to stravinsky, or this! (amazing!) i always get ideas of primitive humans, and animals, who still live to stay alive, every creature is looking sharp out of their eyes, looking for danger, mates and food. (i thought about the album ''The African beat'' from Art Blakey and the African Drum ensemble a bit aswell, it is a great album, they work with a lot of sounds imitating the african bush life. about chord structure, i always think if i dont hear it(because of the big staccato all the time) it doesnt matter too much. harmony is best heard legato. this was definetly the best piece of muzic i heard today! really enjoyed it!!