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Question by Kate
Submitted on 8/14/2003
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How do I re-compose a song from voice and piano to a string quartet?

Answer by loopy-loo
Submitted on 12/8/2003
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Take the music for the piano. It is exactly the same music needed for the string instrument. If you would like to create music for other part (e.g. like in a string quartet) you could make these up, or each instrumentalist could play the same thing.


Answer by Procept
Submitted on 7/1/2004
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Answer by atif
Submitted on 8/7/2004
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dear first you must know about rags  then u can only compose a song  


Answer by Violinostasis
Submitted on 7/23/2005
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Easy! For voice, just follow it. Try to convert the lyrics into musical notes. For a piano..mmm... well, a piano plays double since a musician uses both hands. Just play the part that has main music. It is usually the first pentagram (omit the second one). In some cases there are many notes played at the same time; just play the note that is the highest. There it is...


Answer by Kevin Ure
Submitted on 4/3/2007
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Yes, you could simply take the music for the piano, but then you would likely be left with string parts that would get you killed in a performance.

The alternatives?

Option 1) Get a book on instrumentation and learn how a string instrument operates.  This way you can learn to avoid anything awkward for the string player.

Option 2) Write the music for the players, and when you are finished ask for advice on how to rewrite the music to make it playable.  

Option 3) Do both Option 1 and 2.

Keep in mind that the lower the parts, the more space you should keep between the two lowest parts.  A fifth or an octave should give good resonance.

I don't mean to make this sound more complicated than it is, but writing a string quartet and making it sound good is not as simple as cutting and pasting notes.

In the end, you will get the best result by trying first to understand how the instruments work.  Once you have done that, try writing out the parts and get it performed.  Hearing the players play the music back to you should help you improve your writing.


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