This is a revised version of a string quartet composed about 12 years ago. Score is not yet available, but there is an mp3 on Box. Length is about 19 minutes. When I am a little more confident in bowing marks, the score will be finished. Meanwhile, any comments welcome.
The vast majority of the pieces of music we all post fit quietly into the pleasant realm of being nice or even brilliant.
Every so often a few present for our listening pleasure a true work of art. You just raised the room standards another notch. The subtle rhythm and tonal nuances in your Pentador Quartet soar far beyond the point where the human mind can merely listen. It requires, gasp, that the listener think.
Well, thank you so much, Tom. I confess to being ecstatic about your comments, because I truly thought the work was pretty good, but was, as always, apprehensive about how it would be received. l
As you must know there was a lot of work in composing this, a labor right to the very end but I thought it was worth the effort. Now, the agonizing part for me, the bowing must be entered. Then I shall make some effort to get it performed. Perhaps one of the members of the AGO will be acquainted with some string players.
My experience has been that bowing notation needs can vary vastly among orchestras. Some insist that virtually every note (or at least phrase) be carefully detailed. One orchestra told me not to bother with it; "That's what we pay the concertmeister for." As you know, regardless of what the composer dictates, the concertmeister can over ride if he feels it can be done a better way. And he may well consider other elements such as how the bowing appears to the audience for adding visual drama to the music.
On the other hand, publishers of music for school orchestras absolutely insist on detailed bowing. As a former high school and college teacher I can tell you that I usually ignored what was printed and selected bowing that best fitted the abilities of my students.