Hey Dan, a lovely, tranquil piece of writing. Good job on it... some very nice string work in the mix.
The one comment I might make is that very brief first entry of the horn at ~00:23 bothers me a bit -- seems to show up and go away a bit quickly and disconnectedly. Maybe just do that in the strings or softly in the winds, and smooth and blend it along a touch. Or it could just be my strange ears... lol.
I've listened to this several times, Dan. Thoroughly enjoyable, and looking forward to the rest of the symphony!
I enjoyed listening to your piece a lot . Great work!!! I'm looking forward to listening to the other movements.
If I may make one suggestion: I thought you might have intented a very smooth and legato texture in this piece, I'm not sure? Perhaps you could make more use of the GPO legato feature, it would make the delicate phrases sound more "phrased".... I'm finding it hard to get the right words. I'm not a "mixing" expert myself, so I'm offering this suggestion with a little caution; but in addition to the legato tool, it is often a good idea to overlap the slurred notes ever so slightly to make it even better.
You're absolutely right, Louis. It would certainly benefit from a smoother legato and more subtle phrasing. This is unmixed right off of Finale. Some day I hope to "graduate" to using a sequencer and being able to create more polished performances. Probably when I retire, 2.5 years from now--but who's counting?