Maverick [versions for String Ensemble & full Orchestra]
This is a whimsical burlesque - a gentle, jocular and playful parody of my Cocker Spaniel [Maverick by name and nature....], and I have used all fourteen string instruments [4,4,3,2,1] independently - often in unison but equally often divided - to create multiple subtle timbres according to the different instruments used side by side. This full effect cannot be demonstrated here in electronic mimicry - only live performance could do it justice.
Here nonetheless is the String Ensemble version of "Maverick":
The character of this piece is perhaps more lavishly displayed when the full palette of sounds of a large symphony orchestra is used. The 'barks' in particular [Maverick, my dog, sometimes barks when nervous or excited....] are more realistic. I like both versions - the intimacy of the original version for string ensemble or the brashness, and the cheekiness, of this orchestrated version: