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  1. This is a recording of the first movement of my first string quartet. The recording is from the dress rehearsal. I composed this five years ago. (I posted the second movement a couple of weeks ago.
  2. Hi all, I finally got round to upload the last movements of my first string quartet. As with the other movements, the recording is from the dress rehearsal. (I composed this five years ago.) Looking forward to your feedback!
  3. This is a string quartet arrangement of a French chanson about a romance gone wrong, the original song reportedly composed by a lady who was described in contemporary accounts as being well known for her extravagant attire.
  4. This is the first movement of a string quartet I have been working on. The entire quartet is called "Jackdaw", and this movement is titled "Memories of the Ghetto". It is about things that are gone forever. It is about my ancestors. It is about my jewishness, which has now become so faint it is like the fog on a summer morning, moments away from complete disintegration. Yet at the same time it is a deep root, a bond that ties me to those who came before me, those who clawed their way out of the furnace and found sanctuary in a new land, a safe haven. What were their lives like, living in the ghettos of Prague? Babies were born, children played in the street, lovers held each other and giggled in the moonlight, businessmen haggled over the price of goods, wrinkled old women told tales of heartbreak and woe, an ancient city breathed in one generation and exhaled another. The memories of my ancestors. They don't come to me in an orderly fashion, but instead all tangled up, or sometimes as mere glimpses, vignettes of a time that is buried, of a people I desperately long to know. The deep dark blue of a prayer shawl, freshly baked bread, a labyrinth of crumbling stone spires, grandpa's croaking laugh, a virgin bride smiling beneath her veil. These are my people, a lake so deep it reaches down to the very bowels of the earth. And yet I have almost lost them, almost forgotten the bond, forgotten who I am. I want to see through their eyes and know their pain and triumph and laughter and fear and joy. I want to remember. Remember!
  5. This is a recording of the second movement of my first string quartet. The recording is from the dress rehearsal. I composed this five years ago.
  6. I have the privilege and great fortune to spend lots of time meandering through the old forests along the coast of Alaska. Within the last two years I have visited a portion of coast that contains Sitka Spruce trees older than the founding of our nation. One tree in particular, I have been informed, is more than 700 year old. The root structure is huge. Within these forests I often feel as though I am in a cathedral requiring great reverence. This is the first movement to a string quartet I have been contemplating. I initially thought of a chamber orchestra piece, but I think the intimacy of a quartet is more fitting. Your thoughts and critiques are welcome.
  7. My third string quartet played by the Hugo Wolf Quartett at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
  8. This is the second movement of my fourth string quartet. The recording is from the premiere at the Vienna music university.
  9. Hey guys it's been a little while. I got caught up in other things, between working on a Youtube channel and prepping for auditions I've been busy and fell behind in the composing department. However I've been getting right back into it and now I gladly present to you my first full string quartet after about 3 and a half months of off-and-on work, finally fleshing out an idea that I've had for over a year. It has four movements and is approximately 20 minutes long. In-depth description for those who want to read it: This quartet, as it is titled, is intended to invoke a picture of New York City. The initial motif in the first movement I came up with shortly after visiting NYC last year when I first got the idea for the piece and represents the movement of a train. When the sfz into sustained note is introduced instrument by instrument this marks the arrival at the city. What follows is an ambling, happy stroll through the bustling city. The second movement brings in an even livelier mood, trying to capture the busy excitement. The third movement gives some contrast with a more dramatic, almost melancholic tone. I picture the city on a cloudy rainy day, as people pass with somber expressions and the city seems to slow. The final movement bids a farewell to the city, giving several big solos, reintroducing the first motif briefly before it's conclusion.
  10. This is my 3rd string quartet stream. Here is the link to my 2nd:
  11. The second movement to my WIP string quartet. You hear the first movement here (though I've made some adjustments since then). I feel pretty satisfied with how this one turned out, I'm getting used to using more variation in tempo (my other stuff in general stays the same tempo for the entirety of each movement), as well as working more on development, transitions, and use of double-stops. My only concern is the transition into the allegro con brio, I've rewritten it several times (and this is by far the best so far) but I still haven't gotten the change in character feeling completely natural.
  12. These are variations on 'Voi che sapete' written for string quartet. Please let me know what you think!
  13. Variations on a Theme of Dvorak.mp3 Here's my entry for the Fall 2016 competition. I had a baby last month and have had very little free time since, so it's a bit rough around the edges, but I hope you enjoy it! Edit: Sorry for not linking the original theme before. Here's the full movement; the theme begins at about 0:46.
  14. Var on a Theme from Peter and the Wolf for String Quartet - full score.mp3 This is my entry to the Fall 2016 competition. I chose to use the initial theme from Peter and Wolf for String Quartet. Many fond childhood memories are associated with this piece for me, so I was excited to utilize it. I chose to arrange the variations for quartet because I quite simply love the dynamic that a quartet has, it's room for expression and individuality while also retaining the bigger sound that comes from ensemble. The theme I used can be found here starting at 1:45 I'm not entirely satisfied with how the piece came out, but I am happy I put myself to a deadline and stuck with it, and I look forward to participating in future competitions!
  15. Finally made some real progress on my first "real" quartet. I just finished the first movement of a planned 3 or 4, and figured I would get some feedback. I usually like to share the story behind my pieces, so here's the story to this one: Back when I was just starting to get interested in serious composition, I was looking for good ideas. At the time I took brief trip to New York City, and decided I would write a quartet trying to depict the city (in no small part inspired by the fact that I was at the time working on Dvorak's American Quartet with my group). The initial rhythm in the viola and cello (used to depict the train) I came up with then. I tried to write it out (I finished it about six months ago), but due to my inexperience with composition the piece developed very differently from what I had planned, ultimately being a nice piece that I'm still proud of, but still a fairly simplistic single movement piece. Finally I am returning to this idea, more experienced than before, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it's progressing so far. Hope you enjoy!
  16. Finally I have a piece to road-test the new format of the website, and am able to finally post it after several unsuccessful attempts: my second "Conversation", my first for string quartet. And if I may say so, I consider it one of my profounder musical utterances, and therefore fit to mark the special occasion of the unveiling of the renovated version of our website. I hope that you will be able to enjoy hearing it. Here is the link to my first Conversation, For Oboe and Clarinet:
  17. Here is my first in depth composition for string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello). I have some background in theory but only recently have been getting into actual composition. I'd love to hear feedback from some of you, as I want to get better and better at this. Thanks!
  18. Because of the recent fugue submissions I thought I would pull this one out of the closet and dust it off. It needed a good bit of revising, so I'm a bit late in posting since I haven't had much free time in recent weeks. I'm sure it needs more than just a bit of revising, so I hope you are not too harsh as I don't come from a classical background (more of an R&B, blues & jazz background) but am here to learn so I do welcome any comments you can give. I used Sibelius 7 and there are moments when the ensemble is not as tight as one would've hoped from such an expensive program, but it is what it is. Thanks in advance.
  19. Early in 2014, the father of a childhood friend of mine messaged me unexpectedly on Facebook, asking me to email him, as he had something very particular he wanted to discuss, and it wouldn't do to text it. When he emailed me back, I was pleasantly surprised and honoured that he was commissioning me to compose a piece of music in honour of his late wife, who had died the previous summer. This gentleman had long been a patron of the arts, and this was not the first time he had commissioned music from me. But this project was different, in that he had something very particular and rather unusual in mind. His instructions were for a setting of the only Latin words "Requiescat in pace" - "may [she] rest in peace," the ubiquitous words used as an epitaph on tombstones - for tenor voice accompanied by string quartet; he further stipulated that the setting should first express profoundest grief and loss, then emerge into music imbued with peace and hope. Sobered by the commission but undaunted, on February 4, I began writing. I envisioned first a long, slow introduction in C minor for the strings alone - like a mournful recitative, weighed down oppressively with crushing grief - from which would emerge a poignant, comforting setting of the epitaph in E-flat, full of sweetness, tenderness, and peace. Over the next five days, I barely slept or ate, seeming to exist only to fulfill this commission, until on Feburary 9, the work was complete - one day before the first anniversary of my own mother's death. In this piece, I memorialize not only my patron's wife, but also my mother, and all the beloved departed who have moved on to the next reality. Although it was not recorded, this work was premiered at a private memorial during the summer of 2014. My patron had paid my stipend well in advance of that, but shortly thereafter I received another envelope from him in the mail. Inside it was another check, effectively doubling my stipend, with a note explaining that the premiere had far exceeded his every expectation. If you are at all sentimentally inclined, this is not the sort of piece that will likely leave you with dry eyes, so I suggest a handkerchief. Sound file link here, score attached.
  20. Testing out the new system with a re-upload of a string quartet I originally posted about three years ago. Let's see how multiple movements/files work. Edit: Hmm, it ordered the attachments in a strange way, neither in the order in which I uploaded them nor alphabetically. Let me see if I can rearrange them. Edit 2: OK, had to order them manually.