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    Hi all

    I've completed my first exercise and although I'm not 100% happy with it , it seems such a shame just letting it go. So I post it here in the hope that maybe there's someone out there who might like it.

    This piece is an exercise in Baroque style writing. I've yet to learn all the techniques, and in this piece I gave myself some freedom to wander, yet trying to stick to Baroque conventions as best I could. It is scored for two oboes, string ensemble and basso continuo.

    http://www.thecatcottage.com/concertogrossomvt1.mp3

    Thanks for listening

    LouisD

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    Re: Baroque exercise

    Thanks for listening
    You are welcome.

    The only problem I had with this the level was too low to really hear what is going on. I like what I've heard so far. One Question, in the true style of Baroque, would there be so prominent of vibrato?
    Styxx

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    Re: Baroque exercise

    Sorry about the low volume level. I had my headphones on when I listened the last time before mixing (late at night), so the level was WAY down, but loud in my ears...

    I fixed the volume level with an updated file.

    I admit the vibrato is very strong, but unfortunately there isn't too much I can do about that, since the solo strings have a strong vibrato that you can't control. I didn't want to use section strings.

    Regards

    LouisD

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    Yeah I can see what you're saying. I think someone mentioned a while back maybe giving more control or control period over the vibrato for the updates. I could be mistaken as seems usually.
    Regardless, you're being too hard on yourself and your abilities. This was a delight to listen to and you should find satisfaction in a nice piece of music! I don't think anyone is ever 100% happy with their music. I know I'm not even near 10% happy. Especially when I here some of the greats on this forum.
    Nice work though!
    Styxx

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    Re: Baroque exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by Styxx
    I don't think anyone is ever 100% happy with their music.
    I agree, I am never 100% happy with my stuff, there is always something else to fix it seems.
    I really like this piece, the only recommendation that I have is to use a larger room or longer reverb time. The cutoff at the end was too abrupt for me. The reverb wasn't pretty enough for this piece. The vibrato actually didn't bother me at all.
    Just my penny's worth!
    Real nice job!

    DPDan

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    Re: Baroque exercise

    Louis,
    thanks for posting such a delightful "exercise". It really reminded me some moments of Brandenburg concertos. Here are some comments.
    From 0:55 to 01:05 violin (1st ?) in the left channel suppresses counterpoint (comparing to the perfect balance in canon at 1:45! )
    I loved new material - fresh triplets at 1:43. I wish their development could lead to a great culmination.


    Quote Originally Posted by DPDAN
    The cutoff at the end was too abrupt for me.
    I agree with that. But during the whole piece I didn't feel lack of reverb.
    What do you think about placing one of oboes more to the right? IMO they fight for space.
    sfiks

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    Re: Baroque exercise

    Louis,

    I enjoyed your Baroque exercise and glad you didn't let this one go. The triplets and ornaments were a treat and the vibrato didn't bother me. I thought maybe the intro was a little long and perhaps the piece could have started at 0:29, but that's just my taste.

    Thank you for sharing this exercise with us.

    Gary Garritan


    Quote Originally Posted by LouisD
    Hi all

    I've completed my first exercise and although I'm not 100% happy with it , it seems such a shame just letting it go. So I post it here in the hope that maybe there's someone out there who might like it.

    This piece is an exercise in Baroque style writing. I've yet to learn all the techniques, and in this piece I gave myself some freedom to wander, yet trying to stick to Baroque conventions as best I could. It is scored for two oboes, string ensemble and basso continuo.

    http://www.thecatcottage.com/concertogrossomvt1.mp3

    Thanks for listening

    LouisD

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    Louis,
    A charming piece very much in the spirit of the age. The vibrato would not be an issue for anyone except a specialist in the period. This combination of instruments is still hard to beat, especially with GPO's scintillating harpsichord and solo strings with just the right degree of roughness. The instruments have a clarity and close-up presence very appropriate for a Baroque chamber piece.

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