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Noah Brode

The Necromancer (String Quartet)

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This is a pretty-much-completed draft that wound up on the cutting room floor for my recent string quartet project The Arcana. I liked it well enough, but felt it didn't really fit in with the other movements for that suite. So here it is! A dark little thing, just about 3 minutes. All comments welcome! I hope you like it 🙂

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It'd be interesting to hear a live performance of this work, the mockup doesn't do it justice (as always). The music's atmosphere is reminiscent of a movie score. If you do ever work on this piece more/revise it, I would develop the middle section a little more (starting at bar 67). That whole section just felt out of place...(mostly)harmonically and (somewhat) rhythmically. 

This might be a personal preference, but when I don't like seeing the 8va dash thing...I prefer to read the actual note. I try to avoid using the 8va as much as I can, I think you can too especially in the beginning of the piece for the first violin. You can probably keep it at the end. Also, string tremolos are noted by 3 slashes. 

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Thanks for the comments @danishali903 -- all very helpful. I think the middle part sounds out of place because it has some stylistic callbacks to the other parts of the suite that this was originally supposed to be a part of. Good to hear that perspective, though. Thanks again for listening 🙂

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