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Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:42:11 PM »
I became intrigued by the Concerto Grosso style of music after seeing the work of Schnittke and our own Michel's efforts in that genre.

Schnittke used a harpsichord in his first C.G., which gives his work a Baroque flavor. Using his instrumentation, I decided to take a stab at writing a little something in the Concerto Grosso style. It will take a huge amount of effort to expand this fragment into a complete movement:

Version 6 Feb 14 update:

Recording:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/f56plkrj57id46n/Concerto%20Grosso%20mvt1%20v6.mp3?dl=0
Score:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rwoi7ijtl46c86u/Concerto%20Grosso%20mvt1%20v6.pdf?dl=0




Enjoy!
Jay

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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 10:19:15 AM »
Following your order, I did enjoy.
 
It's great. Harmonically adventurous and aggressive. Keep going.
 
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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 10:48:38 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement, Jer!   Finishing this movement is going to be a long journey.

J

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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 12:56:29 PM »
Great start!   Lots of material to work with and a strong statement of its "sonic universe".

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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2019, 09:46:33 AM »
Thanks Patrick!  I'm going to expand the piece using the usual sonata form. Staying within the sonic universe will be a challenge - I have to develop a favorite set of chords or pitch class sets to aid in this. Creating good solo parts will be another problem.

-Jay

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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2019, 11:07:50 AM »
The exposition of the piece is now roughed out. Here is the result so far (version 4 Feb 7 update)

(see first post in this thread for the updated recording and score)

Jay
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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 03:54:10 PM »
Quite an attention grabbing opening!

I like the sound of the harpsichord especially when it appears in a context other than traditional baroque sounding stuff like this piece.

I am looking forward to the continuation.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2019, 08:22:06 PM »
Thanks for having a listen!  The harpsichord has enjoyed a bit of a revival in modern music. A marvelous example of a 20th century work is Poulenc's Harpsichord concerto.

Since the polar vortex has arrived in Seattle, bringing the coldest, snowiest weather in  several years, I've had a lot of time to work in my Concerto Grosso. New material has been added today.

-Jay

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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2019, 11:18:25 PM »
I also have to say it's quite attention grabbing!
It has some familial relationships with Schostakovitch and Schnittke.

Do remember that the harpsichord doesn't carry very well.

There are a few notation issues, but I'll wait until you have a more finished version for that.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2019, 04:52:04 PM »
I've completed a bit more of the piece - see first post in this thread for an updated recording. Completing a finished version is still a ways off.

-Jay

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Re: Concerto Grosso for two violins, harpsichord and strings
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2019, 01:07:21 PM »
Hi Jay,

I enjoyed your piece very much. I especially like the conversation between the two solo violins. I also thought the harpsichord in its solo moments were fabulous! I wish I could hear more of the harpsichord in other sections. ( to be fair maybe it was just the playback on my headphones). I am struggling with dynamics and the harpsichord. I guess traditionally speaking, it does not have a huge dynamic range, so I am unsure whether to even assign dynamics to it ( even though playing back samples certainly mean we can ).

Again, I enjoyed this very much I eagerly await your next revision.

Mark
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