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Last post Mon, Apr 20 2020 by agitato, 10 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Apr 18 2020 06:15
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 404

Thanks to the lockdown, I had plenty of time to buy and play with the Appassionata strings and made a short piece:

https://soundcloud.com/ankumar333/fantasy-for-strings

Compositionally this is very elementary but I had some fun.

I know this also needs work programming-wise (combination of my laziness and ignorance...I just use Sibelius) but just wanted to share, so folks here know where I am musically.

Thanks in advance for listening.

Best

Anand

Anand Kumar
Posted on Sat, Apr 18 2020 06:55
by jsg
Joined on Thu, Jan 19 2006, San Francisco, CA USA, Posts 321

Originally Posted by: agitato Go to Quoted Post

Thanks to the lockdown, I had plenty of time to buy and play with the Appassionata strings and made a short piece:

https://soundcloud.com/ankumar333/fantasy-for-strings

Compositionally this is very elementary but I had some fun.

I know this also needs work programming-wise (combination of my laziness and ignorance...I just use Sibelius) but just wanted to share, so folks here know where I am musically.

Thanks in advance for listening.

Best

Anand

Very nice string writing,  You've created a good flow.  About a little less than 1/2 way through it sounds like a separate piece.  Is it meant to be a piece in two parts?  In the first section I hear snippets of Elgar's spirit. 

Good job!

Jerry

Posted on Sat, Apr 18 2020 20:30
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 404

Thank you Jerry, for listening and the nice comments.

Frankly I feel a little embarassed to post my half baked amateur work and have pro musicians like you listen to it :) 

There are two parts indeed  (more like three in A B A form since I come back to the first theme) but that was more by accident than planning. I was testing the articluations of AS and ended up with some passages, then patched it with the first slower bars. Maybe this is a lesson on how not to compose? LOL

I suppose you mean Elgars Enigma .... I didnt have that in mind for the first part but I can see the connection.

The take home message for me was that Appassionata strings give me what I missed in the orchestral strings...more realism. I am quite happy with them actually.

Of course this could sound much better with better programming and any inputs welcome.

Best

Anand

Anand Kumar
Posted on Sun, Apr 19 2020 09:00
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 192

Hi Anand,

I hope you are fairing well...

I found this to be a very nice refined expression. The first part had a lovely sedate, dignified feel to it. I liked the second part too, quite fun and no doubt the "Fantasy" part of the piece. The recap of the initial mood works too however I think the whole piece could be longer. Each section could be more developed. The quicker solo section in particular could go on much more and exploit the virtuosity of the solo over even more adventurous harmonic change. The basic musical materials are there, they just need extending and developing imv.

Mike.

Posted on Sun, Apr 19 2020 09:57
by MMKA
Joined on Tue, May 22 2012, Posts 439

Hi Anand, I enjoyed listening to your music. I heard it as just some musical thoughts, making some beautiful sounds (the solo violin sounds very well), just making some music, enjoy the beautiful strings, that play just what you write (who could at all think for ages that this should be possible!!). Thank you for posting this!

Posted on Sun, Apr 19 2020 17:11
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5640

Anand, that sounds really good, and the solo violin section is very effective against the big string ensemble!

Posted on Sun, Apr 19 2020 21:48
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 404

Hi Mike

it is so nice to hear from you! I hope you are doing well and even taking time this lockdown to write new pieces....Maybe another symphonic work?

Thank you so much for listening to my piece and the feedback. Followin your suggestions, I think I will take some elements of this piece and work on a separate one, rather than trying to expand the existing one, which I feel was not conceived properly.

I am stil continuing to work on your early advice about learning orhestration, which have been very valuable!

Best

Anand

Anand Kumar
Posted on Sun, Apr 19 2020 21:50
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 404

Thank you MMKA and William for listening and the encouraging words!

Anand Kumar
Posted on Sun, Apr 19 2020 22:45
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 551
Very nice to hear your work after so many years of your sharing thouguts with many of us. Congrats on this and I'm happy you've found the Appassionata library has inspired you to write a beautiful work. Nothing to offer that the brilliant minds above haven't already shared with you. Keep at it!

Dave
Posted on Mon, Apr 20 2020 00:34
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 404

Hi Dave

so nice to hear from you and thank you for the listening to my piece and the kind words. 

Hope things are well with you in these tough times and hat your music making is as energetic as ever.

Best,

Anand

Anand Kumar
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