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Wind Quartet- In a Lake

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1st Movement of a 2-part Wind Quartet! This wind quartet reminds me a little of the music in the Legend of Zelda series. I tried to really employ the colors of the different instruments to get a really full sound and exotic images in my head. I personally see a lot of blue when I hear this movement, so I decided to call it In A Lake.

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Skillfully crafted and masterful.

I don't throw out a whole lot of 10's (I'm more of a 6-8 kinda guy) but this one floored me with its sheer quality. in fact, this will be the third song I have ever reviewed as a 10/10, so that says something.

This piece exudes a total calmness, a total show of control over the material, a total relaxation and effortlessness that transposes itself into a wonderful and beautiful journey of sound that few Audio Portal composers can hope to attain to. But you were able to do it here.

The tones and harmonies are varied and rich, the melody inspired, and the instruments feel greater than they are. As I listened, I was sometimes forgetting that I was only hearing four woodwinds, as your work made it sound as if an orchestra was playing, another stroke of a master.

I cannot not say enough good things about this piece, and I can find no flaw, musically or production wise. Everything is just crystal clear and beautiful.

I eagerly await the release of the second part, and you have duly impressed me. Great job, and keep up the fantastic work.

kentokhromatic responds:

Thanks! This was my first real wind piece so I was really interested in exploiting the colors and ranges of the different instruments. I put in a lot of polyrhythms as well, but that's something I've absorbed from jazz playing and string writing (since string instruments sound more similar to each other, I needed other ways to get the textured sound I tend to like).

I appreciate that you liked the calmness of the piece as well, because relatively speaking I've found people have a little harder time with this movement compared to the second one, because it sets up a more impressionistic, less straight-forward setting before it really kicks into song. The second movement has a darker sound to it, but maybe because it's structurally simpler and rhythmically more straight and "4/4", it's easier to get into.

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Jul 19, 2009
1:13 PM EDT
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7.7 MB
5 min 39 sec

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