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Baroque etude for reed quartet

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Here a etude I composed for my sons baptism on 17 April 2022. During the ceremony an organ version of that was played. 
Let me know your opinion.

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Listening to it right now. It would be cool to hear the live organ version too. 

The piece is nice, it sounds mostly good to my ears, though in my opinion, the bassoon (which is in the lowest tessitura) doesn't act as the "base" for the melodies that could be developed in higher pitches by the other three instruments but more like the other way around, which is not necessarily bad but I believe it is worth remarking as the piece sometimes feels unstable because of that and certain choices you made that also in my opinion don't sound baroque (e.g: end of bar 44 & bars 45-46).

I do like the ritardando of the few last bars! 

I am curious about a couple of things not related with how the piece sounds at all so, if you don't mind:

– Why did you decide to leave a full bar in silence at the beginning & at the end of the piece?
– Why is this an etude?
– What scoring software have you used?

Thank you for sharing, really enjoyed reading and listening to it a couple of times.

Kind regards ^^!

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Thanks for posting. I don't understand why bars 44-46 doesn't sound baroque. It's just a texture change from counerpoint to a more choral-like one, but I believe it's in the style. Are maybe the secundary dominants what bothers you there?

To your questions:

The empty bars has more to do with the recording in the notation SW Notion. Without empty bar the sound starts immideately after playback. The same at the end, so its more a recording issue than a notation one. 

I composed that based on a simple idea of making a descending scale from dominant to dominant on the 1st oboe with a 2nd oboe moving in paralel with 2-3 suspensions and the bass moving in contrary motion. Then the same idea is repeated one scale degree higher. And then the hole transposed to the dominant. Then bars 10-11 is a Monte-Romanesca feature, which means I-V II-VI, also as an echo of the descending octave replicated one scale degree above. And the middle section bars 22-26 a cycle of fifths, so the whole is an elaboration of simple features, that's why i named study, because I dont composed that from a thematic or melodic perspective, but from a structural one. Does it make sense?

I used Syncron SE from VSL, which sounds quiet good to my ears.


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