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Writing for Piano Quintet

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Hi fellas,

Normally, I only write music for piano. It’s the only instrument I have and the only instrument I can play - but recently I have decided it would be fun to take on the project of writing a Piano Quintet to help introduce me to the world of Chamber music. Unfortunately, as I have established, I have no experience writing for stringed instruments and I have no idea how to approach the task. If there are any tips and tricks anybody could give me about writing for strings and for writing chamber music.


Thanks a million!


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Learning how to write proper two, three, and four-part harmony is absolutely vital here.

Unlike the piano, the strings (as well as the other instruments in the orchestra) are largely monophonic, so you must treat each voice as its own unique line in the harmonic context.

Aside from that, learning what is both physically possible and idiomatic to play on the instruments is essential. 

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