The cringe is pretty real.
I've always known that I would never be a composer because I've simply never been inclined to make up my own melodies. It was always something that "the composers" ("those other guys" in my mind) did--it was never something for me to do. Prior to music school, I never thought I would have to compose a string quartet, as I hadn't been introduced to voice leading and harmony rules before university.
So you can imagine how I felt when Dr. Bob announced at the beginning of our Music 201 course that we were going to be writing string quartets.
I was not thrilled.
I remember sitting in front of a piano in a practice room, plunking away in a vain attempt to come up with a reasonably okay melody. I honestly wasn't inspired at all, and I never was inspired at all throughout the entire process.
But is that a bad thing?
I don't think so. This project made me appreciate composers so much more (and not be as critical of the student composers who would write pieces for their fellow colleagues to try out) and even changed my mind about some composers that I didn't like before, namely Mozart. This project opened my eyes to this whole other realm of the music world that I was completely ignoring before, and I stopped brushing off my friends who were composers. I now looked at their music with a newfound admiration, and I became a much better cheerleader for them. It closed the gap between me, a performer, and them, the composers.
I wouldn't want it any other way. :) Thanks, Dr. Bob!
Alright, now for the part that I'm sure some of you are looking forward to, because I know a bunch of you are secretly little devils like me who would want to try out a horrendously awful string quartet for yourself, just to laugh at how terribly written it is.
Here are the pdf's of the full score and parts. You're welcome.