another rather long piece, I'm afraid but my (relatively few) shorter ones are not orchestral/chamber so can't show the glories of GPO. Of my compositions to date, it is probably my favourite taken as a whole and I just finished giving it a run over with the mod wheel. I think the homogeneity and concentration on lyricism makes for a better overall result though some may find it boring! Scoring is not that easy for quartet with GPO --it's far from unbearable as with synths in the past but I find the difference in tone between the sustained and faster bowing keyswitches quite harsh so it's sometimes necessary to smudge a little in faster passages. I'm sure there are better ways to handle some things and would be happy for any suggestions. Of course when the solo strings all reach the standard of the Stradivari in an affordable package then I'll be in 7th heaven --it's hard to imagine anything much better.
thanks for your appreciation, David. I think my favourite bit is the final dancing variation just near the end of the piece but then I have strange tastes!
As no-one has suggested any improvements so far with GPO usage then I can only conclude that either it's perfect ('fraid not), or beyond the pale... Let me instead ask another question --has anyone tried to blend sustained and fast downbow patches into the same note with solo strings? It's possible that something along those lines might work for the more detached yet quiet ones. Not sure.