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The Clash of Cultures (for String Orchestra)


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Being a boy growing up in Hong Kong and studies music in the UK, here's a piece that I compose which may sound like both asian and western music.

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i can feel the emotion in this piece, and I like it. But there are some points I would have worked in a different eay:

1. Sudden contrast f to p or pp... This is seen in the early classicism. I don't see it in this romantic context where the climax is built bit by bit.

2. I think the homophonic texture (vertical) is overused. 

3. There is no clear sensation of Form. It seems it all goes forward...+

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Samuel, I admire your bravery in accomplishing East meets West!

Barriers crumble under the want of the artist, I'm humbled to mention my short, short work, "Fugue on a Korean Theme," a variation on "Saya Saya" the emotions are tantamount, tremendous, and the artist, left mostly with want.

You did a great work!

 

If that wasn't challenging enough, imagine, "The Clash of Cultures," with choir, too!  😂🤣😂

 

Great work, Samuel!  👍🤙

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This is quite good!

Your string writing is nice, but I think the score is in desperate need of phrasing markings (slurs, bowings, articulation markings, etc.)! Adding more tempo fluidity might help with phrasing as well...but I guess that's more of a subjective take.

I do agree with @Luis Hernández that the piece does get a little tiresome due to the homophonic nature. I think there are areas where some counterpoint/development would be beneficial (especially towards the end of the piece). 

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