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Hi! I'm new to this forum, so forgive me if I'm doing something wrong. 

I Just finished an arrangement for a string and woodwind orchestra of one of my studies into form (originally written for piano). 

Here's the video!

I would love to get some feedback on it! Also, I expect to expand it in the future, altough this is already a finished piece.

The download for the score can be found in the description of the video.

Thanks for the attention!

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Well, it works, it's easy to listen to. I felt that the double bass parts in bars 8 - 11 thickened the texture - this may be exactly what you want as the piece is rather doleful - but it noticed. Otherwise there's little to comment on musically though the rendering didn't do it the justice it deserves. I think you could extend it a little but it does stand well as it is if a bit short. 

Well done.

Edit: remiss of me not to say welcome to the forum though I'm fairly new here too.

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Hi, Jean! What a way to burst onto the forum with such a moving work!

I loved the lush sounds of the divisi strings; it really added some depth to the harmonies. The gradual inclusion of the instruments was also very tastefully done. Below, I have provided some more detailed feedback regarding the score.

  • The 2nd violins often play two simultaneous notes. It's good practice to indicate whether these notes are to be played div. or non div.
  • m3—you have the celli doing a slurred pizz. This means that the players will pluck once and just finger the rest of the notes under the slur.
  • m10—the resolution to C (or C7) was beautiful!
  • m11—I don't think the word "unite" is universally recognized, but I could be wrong. I usually see the word "unis."
  • m12—the two final 8th notes in the clarinet would look better as a quarter note
  • m19—I'm not sure what the "arco" in the v2 and viola is for. Is there a pizz somewhere that wasn't notated?
  • The crescendo to the end was very moving. Nice job!

I'm also very pleased that you featured the violas prominently in this piece. That's an obviously biased opinion (I'm a violist) but it still feels nice to be noticed every once in a while. 😁

Looking forward to hearing more of your works!

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8 minutes ago, Tónskáld said:

Hi, Jean! What a way to burst onto the forum with such a moving work!

I loved the lush sounds of the divisi strings; it really added some depth to the harmonies. The gradual inclusion of the instruments was also very tastefully done. Below, I have provided some more detailed feedback regarding the score.

  • The 2nd violins often play two simultaneous notes. It's good practice to indicate whether these notes are to be played div. or non div.
  • m3—you have the celli doing a slurred pizz. This means that the players will pluck once and just finger the rest of the notes under the slur.
  • m10—the resolution to C (or C7) was beautiful!
  • m11—I don't think the word "unite" is universally recognized, but I could be wrong. I usually see the word "unis."
  • m12—the two final 8th notes in the clarinet would look better as a quarter note
  • m19—I'm not sure what the "arco" in the v2 and viola is for. Is there a pizz somewhere that wasn't notated?
  • The crescendo to the end was very moving. Nice job!

I'm also very pleased that you featured the violas prominently in this piece. That's an obviously biased opinion (I'm a violist) but it still feels nice to be noticed every once in a while. 😁

Looking forward to hearing more of your works!

 

Hey! Thank you very much! You actually brought some notation mistakes to my attention, so your feedback helped a lot. As for m12, i decided to notate the F as two 8th notes to properly expose how i expect the cresc. dim. to be played.

Also, I particularly love the viola and think it can be used in so many ways other than the ones that are more common. 

Thank you once again, take care!

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23 hours ago, Quinn said:

Well, it works, it's easy to listen to. I felt that the double bass parts in bars 8 - 11 thickened the texture - this may be exactly what you want as the piece is rather doleful - but it noticed. Otherwise there's little to comment on musically though the rendering didn't do it the justice it deserves. I think you could extend it a little but it does stand well as it is if a bit short. 

Well done.

Edit: remiss of me not to say welcome to the forum though I'm fairly new here too.

 

Thank you!

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