oh just how awesome is this song!
I'm a classical composer myself, so I place alot of emphasis on feeling and melody, and I feel you have captured both these feelings rather well.
As you stated, the feel of the song changes quickly, yet incredibly effectively. It just flies by you, and before you can face its full spirit, it morphs into something new, a new core, a new entity. Like a generation has just passed me by.
I know you kept this purely strings, but I keep wondering, just how much more dramatic the sad part would be if you had chimes, some tubelar bells.
Just my two cents ^^.
Awesome piece theinfernumflame, you have inspired me greatly with this piece. 5/5 from me, keep them coming.