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Soliloquy for Bass Clarinet No. 1

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This is my first composition for Bass Clarinet. I appreciated the possibilities of the lower range that it affords. I hope that you enjoy it. I would be very interested to hear how it would sound played on an actual instrument.

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The range of the instrument is pretty good. So is the melodic and harmonic lines used, including the pedal tones used at the beginning of phrases.
It's just way too simple, orchestration-wise. Expand the timbral and harmonic range of the instrument... there's a lot more that the clarinet can do and it seems very reserved here.
Cheers!

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overall this is a pretty good piece. I like your use of trills and the staccatos at the end. However, in some places it seems kind of as if you were typing random notes into a notation editor. Maybe mix up the rhythm a little?

Most pieces of music start with a pattern, and as the piece goes on they adjust and modify the main melody or theme. I sense very little pattern in this piece, except for the note values and articulations. Play around with the melody a little more and make some adjustments, and I think this could end up being a very nice piece.

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Hi Vahan,

Very well done! I like your ''composition voice.'' It is very original and recognizable. 

  • I know I have already told you this, but adding more dynamics and articulation would improve the variation in the piece.
    From m.27 to the end the music sounds more interesting thanks to these elements.

Unfortunately I cannot help you with performing it. I do not play Bass Clarinet.

Kind regards,

Maarten

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Overall in my opinion I would say this sounds pretty directionless and random - there's very little dynamic, rhythmic, and tonal variation, and the piece is largely scalar.

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Thanks everyone for your reviews, feedback, and criticism! I am glad some of you have enjoyed the piece. I thank those of you who have provided constructive criticism and others for their candid opinions.

On 2/8/2017 at 10:30 PM, Maarten Bauer said:

Hi Vahan,

Very well done! I like your ''composition voice.'' It is very original and recognizable. 

 

Thanks Maarten. That is a very rewarding feedback to hear!

 

On 2/8/2017 at 10:30 PM, Maarten Bauer said:

Unfortunately I cannot help you with performing it. I do not play Bass Clarinet.

Kind regards,

Maarten

 

No problem. I hope a bass clarinet performer will be found!

P. S. By the way, I hope that you and your friend's rehearsals of my sententiae are going along well and that the day when you will record them is nearing!

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