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String Quartet No. 2 - Updated August 8
Last post Fri, Aug 10 2018 by William, 22 replies.
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Posted on Fri, Aug 10 2018 21:06
by Paul McGraw
Joined on Mon, Feb 29 2016, Georgia, USA, Posts 325

I just listened to the entire quartet, having not been on this site much during the past two months. 

I enjoyed your work, and as string quartets often leave me dissatisfied, this was no exception. You have written a lot of music in the past 6 months or so. Most of it is listenable and enjoyable. We all (living composers) have a tremendous weight on our shoulders. That weight is the burden of comparison with 250 years of outstanding composers. I struggle with this issue myself, constantly. What do I have to offer that will really contribute anything to the classical repertoire?

Ultimately, we just have to compose what we ourselves want to hear. And if that makes us famous, or if we just slave away in obscurity, that is still all we can do. If you find no joy in it, it is probably best to do something else.

I went through my own crises of confidence recently. But being 65 years old and retired, I suppose I will just keep trying. 

Anyway, it is a nice piece, and you can be proud of it.

Paul

Posted on Fri, Aug 10 2018 22:28
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5075

That is true.  Also I think anyone with the slightest talent and desire to create something in the arts has to always keep moving forward or die - like that shark metaphor.  And obviously Dave has a lot of talent.   Or like that universal trait of children that  when given paints, they just start painting. They don't think beforehand "Am I good enough?  Will my painting really add to the world of art, be genuinely significant and truly compete with Picasso?" 

I think one has to cultivate the childish enthusiasm always.  In other words, stop being an adult.  They are really depressing.  

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