This is a short duet that I originally wrote for violin and cello, but I wanted to try out a clarinet and bassoon combination. It is a busy piece (hence the name busy cobbler). I did make sure that the players would have time to breath, but they do not have a lot of time. All comments are welcome.
thanks -Jay www.katejesse.com/cobbler.mp3
This is a nice piece, and would seem to work with almost any combination of two instruments. It almost sounds like a keyboard piece, so clear are the two parts. I like the shifts into minor and back - they are done very smoothly. My only criticism is that the ornaments are a little too quick, so quick they sometimes sound like bluesy slides; given that the piece is very classical in its language, I doubt that is what you meant. So, just a small thing. Otherwise, nice job, and nice rendering!
Ron, thank for listening. I certainly did not want to imply bluesy slides in this. I was trying to mess around with ornamentation, perhaps I got a little carried away with it.
gunther, I am glad that you liked it. I wanted to keep the pace up a little bit on this. I kept thinking about a cobbler running around in his shop, from shoe to shoe, keeping himself very busy. thanks for listening.
I liked this a lot. To my ears it has a kind of Baroque feel to it. To an extent I agree with Ron’s statement – some of the ornaments work very well, but others tend to be a little bluesy. Not bad or distracting in my opinion, but I still understand what Ron is talking about. The rendering sounds great. Over all, very nice job.
It's definitely my theatre background coming through, but it strikes me what a perfect piece of music this would be for a children's show where the scene shifts to a cobbler's workshop and we see him working away, like in "The Shoemaker and The Elves." It'd be perfect.
I see the discussion on the thread about the "ornamentation." Hmmm, it didn't come across necessarily "bluesy" to me, and the bits didn't seem too fast, but I noticed that the Clarinet was doing Acciaccaturas all the time - touching the pitch 1/2 step below a target pitch. Maybe different kind of ornaments would be in order here and there, like a Quintuplet Turn, or the most common Trill on the lower auxiliary. The touch of Baroque mentioned here might be more complete.
I liked this little foray. I thought it worked great with these two woods.
Very nice piece and I quite liked the ornamentation giving it just a little different touch. I know you wrote it as a duet but somehow it felt like anticipating the entry of a third instrument, a bit contrasting to the other two, maybe a little playful... to sound even more busy...