I like this... as always with string quartets I would like to see the score posted up here. Have you tried combining modes to create new scales? My first string quartet is Lydian/mixolydian I believe. (If you are intersted it can be heard on my website linked in my sig).
String quartets are a measuring stick of composers and I wish we could get a few more on this demo page.
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Well done, Matt... enjoyed this deeply contemplative piece. That pizzicato section was a stroke of insight, too (I probably wouldn't have thought to do that) -- and the build into the forward mid-section of the piece was highly effective (perhaps because I just did not expect it?).
As I've said frequently, quieter pieces like this often don't get the attention they deserve.
I hope everyone will take a few minutes to listen to this one -- well written, well executed, and well worthwhile!
Good Stuff Matt.
It is very hard to write for qtet, and very hard to get a convincing realisation using samples.You have succeded on both counts here.
Nice to see the viola getting a star turn. I liked the fact that you explored the phrygian mode without being enslaved to it.
The E Major section was a nice relief.I also enjoyed the poetical ending, handled with great surety.
Nice job on the score, too. Admirable clarity. May I join the chorus requesting more qtets. Matt shows you can get a really good sound.
This is excellent quartet writing, a medium that demands mastery of all the elements of composition. It moves through a multitude of themematic treatments that keeps it alive and interesting. Will be looking for the next movement. Great work.