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Sketch No. 29

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The 29th sketch was supposed to be an exercise in an older style for either quartet or chamber orchestra. Near the end you can tell I got bored of that, and ended with a very obviously not-older-style ending. Not entirely convinced by it myself, to be honest. Enjoy! 

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The main theme is good, but the rhythm played by the cello (and the viola in most part) remains unchanged. A different middle section would have bring more contrast. Yes, the ending is a bit hurried. I'm not sure if those cuadruple stops can be played (in such a tonality as C#!) particularly by the cello. And the tremolando with double stops?

There's an issue I ask (myself) many times... What's the point in writing like in 18th century? Or in any style of the past. I don't mean we don't use those languages, but there is more,  many more to explore (and use in composition). I've written many things imitating classics or romantics, but I usually do for an exercise (Forms, modulations, etc...). Anyway I understand that each one of us can do what he wants to.

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1 hour ago, Luis Hernández said:

The main theme is good, but the rhythm played by the cello (and the viola in most part) remains unchanged. A different middle section would have bring more contrast. Yes, the ending is a bit hurried. I'm not sure if those cuadruple stops can be played (in such a tonality as C#!) particularly by the cello. And the tremolando with double stops?

Yeah. Most of these daily sketches are a practice of melody, but this one had some orchestration. Those quadruple stops can definitely by played and so can the tremelo double stops! Not at the same time of course, but if a player sees that, they'll know to roll it slightly.

1 hour ago, Luis Hernández said:

There's an issue I ask (myself) many times... What's the point in writing like in 18th century? Or in any style of the past.

There isn't necessarily. When I was younger and my Youth Symphony director wanted me to write a piece, he took a look at the first couple drafts and had me do some easy 18-19 century style pieces to get me to write stronger melodies in a very safe and simple environment. I'm with you in that there isn't much to go for past that, but I mean, hey, look at the pop music the world listens to know. :D

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