Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Delictis: Overnight Cold Air" - Single Page Graphic Score for Elemental Clarinet and Friends (Optional)

Composition for an Elemental Clarinet lasting precisely 4 minutes and 12.8 seconds.  

An additional C Trumpet may be allowed, but only for a period on 12.9 seconds and may be introduced at any juncture, but never to exceed 12.9" in total performance time.  

Elemental Clarinet may be accompanied by a Coloratura Soprano who will interpret the score in it's contextual format (determinate intoning).  

The Coloratura Soprano ( Male or Female, but preferably Male) must adhere to the visual structure of the score and accept the lead of the Elemental Clarinetist.

It may be performed for less than the prescribed 12.9" or be present for the performance and not perform at all.  

The C Trumpet may not perform beyond the performance of the Elemental Clarinetist.

Bil Smith Composer

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"Adjacent Akron" for Organ

"Adjacent Akron"

For Organ

Bil Smith Composer

A Commission from Clariant Ltd.

World Premiere:  November 9, 2015

Ronald Darling, Organ

Cage said that his audience was perpetually students, reason being that students grow up, leave the academy to enter the real world, the result being that, consumed with practical matters, they drift from art and music.

"Obvious Gambling" for Viola and Piano

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"I feel the best critique of any music is to let it speak for itself"

I feel the best critique of any music is to let it speak for itself. 

I feel that the interpretation of music is always subjective and that no amount of arm-twisting will change anybody’s mind, hence my hands-off approach. 

I find that composition contains enough morality, or lack thereof, that we don’t really need to do much with it; we’re working with explosive material here. 

I’m not interested in a hierarchical approach to composition; I’m not interested in judgments or moralizing — I don’t feel qualified for such actions. 

Rather, I’d prefer to reframe, repackage and recapitulate that which is already existing.  (OK...Johannes Kreidler​ makes this point, Darmstadt, 2012)

In that way, my writing is able to surprise me constantly, for I often write works I don’t agree with.

Bil Smith​