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Title: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: sandalwood on June 03, 2019, 12:56:08 PM
What kind of chamber music ensemble (from solo up to a nonette) do you feel most comfortable writing for? Why? Is it also the type of ensemble in the standard repertoire you most enjoy listening to?
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: RJB54 on June 03, 2019, 06:50:21 PM
Even though I am a woodwind player I find myself writing for strings (quartet, sextet) a lot. I don't know why but often find that I am hearing a string sound when starting a new piece.

In second place would be woodwind quintet as I like the color possibilities.
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: Michel.R.E on June 03, 2019, 07:06:02 PM
I'm finding myself writing a lot for strings. I seem to have a knack for using strings in inventive and colourful ways.
of course, playing the viola helps.

I'd LOVE to write a piano trio (pno, vln, vcl) but am far too intimidated by the Ravel trio.

So I'll stick to string quartets!
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: Jerry Engelbach on June 04, 2019, 05:13:52 AM
I'm not prolific enough to have evolved a favorite form of any combination.
 
But what I have written seems to favor a string backup ensemble with wind soloist.
 
Except for recorders and a brief flirtation with trumpet, I haven't played a real wind, but I particularly love the sound of oboe and cor anglais.
 
Cheers,
Jer
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: tbmartin on June 05, 2019, 08:42:49 AM
For people who've seen my posts over the years, it's no surprise that sax quartet is my major focus. It's the instrument I play, and I get to play and hear my own pieces performed. I like the relatively consistent sound of the instrument from top to bottom for each individual horn, and across the group's combined range. There are nuances of course, especially in the bari's upper range, but having that consistency has helped me focus on the structure and style of the composition by taking "color differences" out of the variable mix.

I've also written for up to 8 saxes, and that's really not that much different because all it adds is the possibility of "thickness" and not new colors.

From there, however, I'm branching out to full concert band.
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: RJB54 on June 05, 2019, 11:57:58 AM
So I'll stick to string quartets!

Of course, there's nothing intimidating about string quartets.  ;D
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: Michel.R.E on June 05, 2019, 12:19:59 PM
So I'll stick to string quartets!

Of course, there's nothing intimidating about string quartets.  ;D

HAHAHA
Yeah, I see your point.

But having grown up as a concert pianist first and foremost, the Ravel trio (which I played when I was 17) holds a particular place in my heart (like the Prokoviev 2nd piano concerto). As such, I find the technical details of that particular work incredibly intimidating. It contains the most difficult music ever written for that particular formation.
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: gogreen on June 11, 2019, 11:46:47 AM
For a while now I've been fascinated with brass sounds, so in the last two years, I've written five brass quintets. I'm currently working on a brass choir piece (2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, and percussion). I'm placing bets that my next stop will be brass band. 🤔

Art
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: tbmartin on June 11, 2019, 12:40:24 PM
.... I'm placing bets that my next stop will be brass band. 🤔

Art

England is lovely this time of year....
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: gogreen on June 11, 2019, 04:04:31 PM
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England is lovely this time of year.
Hah! It's tempting! Unfortunately, before I'd dive in to brass band writing, I'd have to brush up on brass band scoring techniques.

Art
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: Michel.R.E on August 24, 2019, 02:29:27 PM
I'm due to write another woodwind quintet.
I enjoyed writing for winds (having played bassoon in my college days)... already done a quintet, and a quintet with piano (no horn).

maybe I should break free a bit from string writing and make some wind.
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: sandalwood on August 24, 2019, 03:01:46 PM
Another commission?
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: Michel.R.E on August 24, 2019, 03:11:33 PM
oh, no, not a commission.. I meant more "due" as in "it's time that I took on a wind quintet".

right now the only commissions in the pipeline are a piano concerto (not confirmed) and a 2nd string quartet (not confirmed either).
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: sandalwood on August 24, 2019, 03:57:42 PM
Emerging urge of a musician to write for a certain ensemble...isn't that very Shakespearian! He might have a lost sonnet buried somewhere reading something like

How's the musician ordain'd to write for lute all'f a sudden,
Lusting like the silkworm's urged to commence weaving its cocoon
 :)

Fingers crossed for securing the tentative commissions and many others.

ps. My finding  the urge to write for a wind quintet Shakespearean is very genuine but I might be a bit touchy on the extent of my success mimicking his style :)
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: tbmartin on August 26, 2019, 06:39:18 AM

How's the musician ordain'd to write for
lute all'f a sudden, Lusting like the silk-
worm's urged to commence weaving its cocoon.

There, I fixed your iambic pentameter. (Well, at least there are 10 syllables per line. Iambic?, not so much and the rhyme scheme, well, .... it's a work in progress....

(All in fun, of course! My poetic skill is greatly constrained to the occasional Haiku and limerick.)
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: Jerry Engelbach on August 26, 2019, 07:27:18 AM
Are you guys starting a poetry slam?
 
There once was a young pianista
Whose income was primitivista
She found work in a bar
Which paid better by far
So now she's a full-time barista
 
Get the hook ...
 
Cheers,
Jer
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: sandalwood on August 26, 2019, 07:54:18 AM

How's the musician ordain'd to write for
lute all'f a sudden, Lusting like the silk-
worm's urged to commence weaving its cocoon.

There, I fixed your iambic pentameter. (Well, at least there are 10 syllables per line. Iambic?, not so much and the rhyme scheme, well, .... it's a work in progress....

(All in fun, of course! My poetic skill is greatly constrained to the occasional Haiku and limerick.)


Thanks a lot for the hand, Terence! :)  That one with the wrong meter may stay buried for it is apparently a hoax. It is said the original is buried somewhere else and the section reads

How is the musician ordain'd to write
for lute all'f a sudden, midst of the night
Lusting like the silkworm's urged to commence
weaving its cocoon in with bount'ous delight

but I doubt that one too, considering the bizarre rhyme and poor feet structure. :)
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: tbmartin on August 26, 2019, 11:33:19 AM
My favorite snarky self-referencing haiku:

Five syllables here.
Seven more syllables here.
Are you happy now??

Author unknown, but NOT me.
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: sandalwood on August 26, 2019, 01:48:23 PM
That was excellent! Thanks.
Title: Re: June, 2019 (alternative topic): What is your favorite chamber ensemble?
Post by: sandalwood on August 26, 2019, 04:23:57 PM
Are you guys starting a poetry slam?
 
There once was a young pianista
Whose income was primitivista
She found work in a bar
Which paid better by far
So now she's a full-time barista
 
Get the hook ...
 
Cheers,
Jer

That one was really nice, Jer! I guess it's a limerick, having looked it up after seeing it in Terence's message. As to "slam" in a poetry context, I had to look it up, too. So, if there is going to be one I will be in the audience watching and listening. :)