Monday, November 21, 2016

Diabelli Project 134 - String Quartet

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme, these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

Sometimes I think I'm making progress. In February of 2015, I sketched out a string quartet as part of this project (See: Diabelli Project 079 - String Quartet in C). This week's flash composition is also for string quartet and uses the same stretto opening. But there are significant differences. First, the tonal color is a little more adventuresome. Second, the meter is less conventional. And third, although the overall length of both sketches is the same (about 12 measures), this score's a little more complex.

Is this a work of genius? Hardly. But it tells me that my creative chops are getting a little stronger.

As always, you can use any or all of the posted Diabelli Project sketches as you wish for free. Just be sure to share the results. I'm always curious to see what direction someone else can take this material.

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