Adagio Doloroso for String Quartet
This is my first attempt to get beyond mid-19th century sound.
Not terribly successful in the composition and too successful in sound production. In fact, some of it sounds like no instruments known to mankind in any century.
A "good" example is (what should be) the viola at about 4:48. That's the GPO4 Viola KS Solo. Any idea what I can do to make it sound more like a string instrument?
I think the vibrato is a bit too much throughout, but as I recall, there's nothing I can do about that. Am I remembering correctly?
I also have problem with balance. I have the 'cello part cut back quite a bit but it always stands out. Maybe that's just the way I've composed it, but from looking at the score I would not expect that of the 'cello any more than the other instruments. Is it common for the GPO 'cello to have to be cut way back in a string quartet, trio, etc?
P.S. I've already made some minor changes since I posted this 3 hours ago. But nothing that fixes the problems I mentioned.