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Posted on Mon, Oct 01 2018 23:04
by jsg
Joined on Thu, Jan 19 2006, San Francisco, CA USA, Posts 263

This is a piece for string quartet, Djembe (West Africa), Riq (Arabic, Middle East) and Darabuka (Egypt, Asia).  As most of us know, one of the many virtues of virtual orchestration is combining instruments that have little or no history of playing together.

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Jerry

http://www.jerrygerber.com

Posted on Tue, Oct 02 2018 21:25
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 332

I really liked the composition..What a fantastic textural combination of exotic percussion with string quartet! Your careful use of percussion avoids it from becoming monotonous with repetitive rhythms.

The piece clearly shows your mastery of string quartet but also a deep knowledge of the other instruments used. This should totally be performed by ensembles. Any thoughts of expanding this into a larger scale piece with string quartet-like movements?

Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Anand 

Anand Kumar
Posted on Sat, Oct 06 2018 16:43
by jsg
Joined on Thu, Jan 19 2006, San Francisco, CA USA, Posts 263
Originally Posted by: agitato Go to Quoted Post
I really liked the composition..What a fantastic textural combination of exotic percussion with string quartet! Your careful use of percussionavoids it from becoming monotonous with repetitive rhythms.
The piece clearly shows your mastery of string quartet but also a deep knowledge of the other instruments used. This should totally be performed by ensembles. Any thoughts of expanding this into a larger scale piece with string quartet-like movements?
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Anand


Thanks! No plans to chase after live performance, am satisfied with electronic version. I'm busy writing the last movement of a new symphony, so probably will not incorporate this piece into a larger work, at least not in the foreseeable future.

Jerry
Posted on Wed, Oct 10 2018 17:09
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Flanders, Belgium, Posts 575

Hi Jerry,

 

Another wonderful piece in a remarkable combo. Very nice orchestration btw with well balanced interventions for all musicians. That's why it is such a good composition. Maybe it's not your intention to have it performed live, but I can assure that the musicians would have a lot of fun doing it!

Jos

http://www.joswyl.be
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Posted on Sun, Oct 14 2018 23:44
by jsg
Joined on Thu, Jan 19 2006, San Francisco, CA USA, Posts 263

Originally Posted by: Jos Wylin Go to Quoted Post

Hi Jerry,

 

Another wonderful piece in a remarkable combo. Very nice orchestration btw with well balanced interventions for all musicians. That's why it is such a good composition. Maybe it's not your intention to have it performed live, but I can assure that the musicians would have a lot of fun doing it!

Jos

Thanks Jos!

Posted on Thu, Oct 25 2018 13:42
by crusoe
Joined on Sat, Dec 26 2009, Posts 90

Hi Jerry,

I listened twice to get used to that combination of strings and percussion. The first listen suggested a few thoughts that are already mentioned above - totally agree on the balance, but my personal connotations attached to those instruments just didn't let me to concentrate on the music itself. Those percussive instruments just jumped out on me, and my mind was consumed :) But, on the second listen I was able to overcome this obstacle, and paid attention to that slightly "cutting" violin and overall fairly intense texture, delicately peppered by the world percussion that does its shadow work, I imagine.

So, being a fairly close-minded person, I appreciated the composition after detaching myself somewhat from the sounds and re-attaching to the notes instead. 

Cheers,

Crusoe.

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