Unless the piece is notably aleatoric, I would suggest some sort of closure for most instruments, as a general rule. Definitely not always. It doesn't even have to be that audible.
When I applied to conservatories for comp before I switched to Music Education, they were very picky about classical theory and orchestration, and then ideas. That's all I can say, considering I don't know if you really like this piece or if it's an example of your best work.
That makes sense, it's about the performers then, not the instruments? In that case, should all instruments have closure, and was it just a case that you picked up on it for the winds? Ah, I'll fix the sixteenth, rest figure.
Thanks very much.
P.S I'm currently putting together a portfolio for conservatoires for entry to undergraduate composition courses. Do you think this would be a suitable submission?
@LostSamurai oh, I'm sorry, I didn't want to spur anything! I don't know about you, but I think there's something both aggravating and encouraging about listening to old stuff.
Anyway, your music. We all think this poorly of our earliest stuff, but perhaps we're too harsh sometimes. The first two, I heard very clear direction, with ideas that do hold up. The main thing with these, is that that seems to be all it is... ideas. Sure, some things repeat, but not to the point of "development".
The third one is too cluttered with details, in my opinion. There is an atmosphere, but the details don't compliment it very much. This continues throughout the piece.
Youve probably seen some of my sketches around here, and the original point of them was to have a stockpile of ideas to choose from for later, unless they were good enough standalone pieces, in which case I copyrighted them after review. Old stuff always have its merits.
Imagine you're playing a really complex rhythm on drums or something. Wouldn't it feel much more satisfying and complete if you ended on beat one? This isn't so much the case if winds slur (although it is nice), but with tounging it really helps.
Your engraving is generally okay. When you have a sixteenth, rest, sixteenth, rest figure, perhaps beaming them would help, but it generally looks okay.
@LostSamurai Yes, I noticed that after I published it to him. He liked it though, so... haha, whatever works?
@Luis Hernández that too is correct. My only not very good defense to that is that it wasn't really meant to be played, but even then, I see the necessity.
Thank you both for your insight!