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Adagio for String Orchestra
« on: November 21, 2017, 12:27:10 PM »
It's pouring rain in Seattle - good weather for staying at home and doing a little composing.  This adagio (now called Snoqualmie Mist) for string orchestra uses polychords and some quartal harmony to achieve a lush sound.


Updated to version 0.4 on 11/28/2017:

sound:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/inoqe3k9fv78d7p/Snoqualmie%20Mist%20v04.mp3?dl=0
pdf:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3fy1o8j02lmc02h/Snoqualmie%20Mist%20v0.4.pdf?dl=0

Enjoy!
Jay
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Re: Adagio for String Orchestra
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 01:08:21 PM »
some beautiful harmonic effect in this.

lots of notation issues, but it's unfinished, so not going to comment there.
but there is one notation issue I'm going to address:

this pops up a few times, the first in measure 12, 1st violins.
the piece is in 4/4 (or 2/2 if you want), the mid-measure is at beat three. you have a dotted quarter starting on beat two, which then concludes as the 2nd half of beat three. Never make a "whole" value (ie: a note duration that is notated as a single note) start in one half of a measure and conclude on a half beat in the following half-measure.
In this particular case, you should notate as
beat 1 = (tied) quarter note A
beat 2 = quarter note G# (tied to...)
beat 3 = (...tied from) G# eighth note, beamed with B eighth note
beat 4 = eighth notes E and F#

in other words, unless notating a very straightforward syncopated rhythm like "quarter-half-quarter" (which is acceptable notation) always break up a long note that crosses the median line of a measure and make tied notes as your values.

I'll try to print up a musical example of how to treat the issue.
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Re: Adagio for String Orchestra
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 02:19:41 PM »
Exciting, Jay. Fantastic harmony. Putting those polychords to work. Modern.
 
I particularly like the divisi cellos in the build towards the end.
 
Hope to see more of it.
 
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Re: Adagio for String Orchestra
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2017, 04:07:56 PM »
Thanks for having a look, Michel and Jer!  I'll certainly address the issue with the notation of syncopated notes when I revise the score.

-Jay


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Re: Adagio for String Orchestra
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 03:03:14 PM »
A very interesting work .... with moments of wonderful tensions and releases.

A very dissonant work ..... myself - not being well schooled ..... I wonder if the effect could even more poignant with periods of less tension strategically placed in the work?

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Re: Adagio for String Orchestra
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 05:34:21 PM »
Very interesting. I am looking forward to the additional work on it.

Another notation issue is that you don't indicate whether multiline parts are to played as double-stops or divisi.
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Re: Adagio for String Orchestra
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2017, 10:31:12 AM »


Very interesting and very dissonant. I love the harmonies you use to loosen up the tension.

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Re: Adagio for String Orchestra
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2017, 12:30:37 PM »
Mark, Morton, and RJB - Thanks for the encouraging input!  I'll be sure to indicate divisi parts when I update the score.

Yes, working out the level of dissonance in a "modern" work is an interesting challenge. A dissonant chord (like a 7th) in traditional harmony can sound consonant when sounded among more intensely dissonant ones.  There's a lot to learn!

-Jay