Friday, December 30, 2022

"BonnGasse Twenty" For Solo Piano (Susanne Kessell's Beethoven Project)


"BonnGasse Twenty"

For Solo Piano

Part of Susanne Kessell's 250 Piano Pieces for Beethoven Project

Bil Smith Composer






Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Preview of New Commissioned Compositions for 2023: The Bassoon Duet Inspired by Ed Ruscha and David Carson

 





Preview of New Commissioned Compositions for 2023: The Bassoon Duet Inspired by Ed Ruscha and David Carson

Excerpt from a Bassoon Duet inspired by Ed Ruscha and David Carson. In this work for two bassoons, I explore the noise and the fluidity of language.
Recently, when asked about the abundance of text in this work, I explained, “I just happened to create words like someone else uses traditional music notation.” Aside from newly crafted notational tablatures, language remains the my most consistent subject, one whose form and meaning I continuously explore.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Preview of New Commissioned Compositions for 2023: Works in Progress for Solo Flute

 






Preview of new score for solo Flute inspired by Piero Manzoni, Fortunato Depero, Aldo Tambellini, Mimmo Rotella and the Arte Povera movement.  This tablature was born from a need for separation from the traditional.  This notation in no way relates to aesthetic fantasies or a quest for fashionable effects, but concern compositional facts that imply an entirely new kind of musical interpretation.

In this work as many of my compositions, the way the visual elements act upon each other is like a molecular process that combines images of transformations that occur in the real world: images of mathematical or logical transformations; multiplication of visual representations, affiliations between pairs of divergent materials; existence and absence of materials and of tactile adaptations.

I do not suggest that the art of composition is really a science of measurement and precision. I do think that any work demands precision of judgment.   It is precision that informs both the performer and the listener.


Preview of New Commissioned Compositions for 2023: Works in Progress: Trio for Flute Bassoon and Tuba (Guillioche)


In this new piece for the trio of Flute, Bassoon and Tuba, I employ a Guillioche design aesthetic as a compositional tool.  Guilloché (/ɡɪˈlʃ/; or guilloche) is a decorative technique in which a very precise, intricate and repetitive pattern  is mechanically engraved into an underlying material via engine turning, which uses a machine of the same name, also called a rose engine lathe. This mechanical technique improved on more time-consuming designs achieved by hand and allowed for greater delicacy, precision, and closeness of line, as well as greater speed.



From Cardew's Treatise Handbook....

"However, the years of work on Treatise have furnished me with a fund of experience obviously distinct from the experience embodied in the score itself.  And this fund continues to accumulate , since my experience of and with the piece is by no means completed with the completion of the score ; so some of the excreta of this fund may as well be made available to those who, because it 's published, may shortly wish to be occupied with the score."



Friday, December 23, 2022

"The Library Forecourt At Some Private Reversed Murmur of Surprise" for Two Sopranino Saxophones. Donatiene Martin, Composer.

"The Library Forecourt At Some Private Reversed Murmur of Surprise" for Two Sopranino Saxophones.  Donatiene Martin, Composer.

Excerpt:"The Library Forecourt At Some Private Reversed Murmur of Surprise" for Two Sopranino Saxophones.  

Donatiene Martin, Composer.

Premiere November in Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland

A Commission from The Guidance Foundation, The Fredrik Idestam Trust and Nokia Corporation.


Excerpt:
"The Library Forecourt At Some Private Reversed Murmur of Surprise"
for Two Sopranino Saxophones.
Donatiene Martin, Composer.

Excerpt:
"The Library Forecourt At Some Private Reversed Murmur of Surprise"
for Two Sopranino Saxophones.
Donatiene Martin, Composer.

Excerpt:
"The Library Forecourt At Some Private Reversed Murmur of Surprise"
for Two Sopranino Saxophones.
Donatiene Martin, Composer.

Excerpt:
"The Library Forecourt At Some Private Reversed Murmur of Surprise"
for Two Sopranino Saxophones.
Donatiene Martin, Composer.