Saturday, October 29, 2022

"A Special New Work In Progress for Solo Viola" (A Preview)


For the last six months I have been working on a special piece for Solo Viola. People ask why I have so many solo instrument works in my ouvre.  Simply put, as a teenager I was deeply inspired by Berio’s Sequenzas.  The beauty of an isolated instrumented performing in ways never previously heard were profound to my ears.

The central theme in this work is that of virtuosity, evident not only in the technical difficulties presented, but also in the treatment and writing style for the Viola.

In this new work, I employ a different type of tablature; a new musical lexicon which is inspired by Enrico Castellani and Paolo Scheggi along with my own foundational knowledge as a neologist and composer. 

Each page of the score is measured at 32” X 12”.  It embraces imagery (mostly of a partly metallographic in nature, (hence the nod to Castellani) as well as neologisms which are intended to shape the performer’s characterization of the work.  The neologisms are intended to act as an intransigent, emancipatory narration of the notational elements.

Fortunately, I have received funds to implement several recordings of the work which, when the work is completed next year, I will reach out to three of the most unmatchable violists in the world to each perform a rendition of the work. 

I would like to start with Renee Baker of the AACM, as I render her profound substaunce and conceptual genius as a perfect example of what this work should represent.  An intelligible communication of the work demands increased accuracy from the transmitter, and I can think no one more formidable than Ms. Baker to carry out this mandate.  Nils Mönkemeyer and Tabea Zimmermann are two other remarkable talents I will pursue for this adventure.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Excerpt from New Commission for Accordion. Commissioned by Telefonica Brasil


Excerpt from New Commission for Accordion.  

Commissioned by Telefonica Brasil

Premiere, June, 2023, Boi Bumba Festival

Bil Smith Composer

Each Page 32" X 12"

27 Page Score

To Be Published By LNM Editions

New Tablature Construct for Cello Work, 2022


Sunday, October 23, 2022

New Tablature System for Solo Violin Work in Progress


New Tablature System for Solo Violin Work in Progress.  

A commission from Bechtel 

I have chosen to create a hybrid tablature combining elements of WET (words, events text) scores with semi-traditional notation, tactile stimuli and combustion (inspired by Alberto Burri's work).  My goal is to throw the entire nature of music notation and representation under the spotlight; to straddle the realms of visualization, sound, science and culture; exploring the ways they dovetail with each other while also investing the tension created between these disciplines.  


Saturday, October 22, 2022

Sunday, October 16, 2022

"A Faraway Curtain Of Purged Hide Whose Edges Let In Blue Light" for Bass Trumpet and Flute


"A Faraway Curtain Of Purged Hide Whose Edges Let In Blue Light" 

for Bass Trumpet and Flute

Bil Smith Composer


Link To PDF of Full Score (15 pages)

Published By LNM Editions

Saturday, October 15, 2022