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Before delving too deeply into the physical nature of my music it will be helpful tofirst make clear my views on the per...
09/13/2020
"Pampered Children of the Estate" for Bass Flute

Before delving too deeply into the physical nature of my music it will be helpful to
first make clear my views on the performer and the various physical demands asked of him
or her.

In my view the role of the interpreter is something to be considered very critically.

His approach to music is grounded in tradition and he sees himself as advancing music along an established path. This approach gives the performer greater capacity to create meaningful interpretations because they have something on which to fall back.

Room for interpretation is reduced dramatically when music leaves the performer to his or her own devices and forces independent creation of form. This happens when, instead of having a rich collection of musical ideas that relate to a piece, performers are forced to decipher various
symbols and improvise from a limited set of musical ideas.

"Polarized Agenda" For Clarinet in ABil SmithA Commission from Rheinmetall
08/29/2020
"Polarized Agenda" for Clarinet in A

"Polarized Agenda"

For Clarinet in A

Bil Smith

A Commission from Rheinmetall

"Polarized Agenda" For Clarinet in A Bil Smith A Commission from Rheinmetall

"Outfuse"For String QuartetBil Smith Composer2017Published by LNM EditionsLink to Full Score (PDF)
07/29/2020
"Outfuse" for String Quartet

"Outfuse"

For String Quartet

Bil Smith Composer

2017

Published by LNM Editions

Link to Full Score (PDF)

"Outfuse" For String Quartet Bil Smith Composer 2017 Published by LNM Editions Link to Full Score (PDF) https:/...

I must admit this work, like most of my compositions, has come to be entirely intertwined with its notation, and that no...
07/04/2020
"Float Level Femur". For Flute, Oboe and Bass Clarinet.

I must admit this work, like most of my compositions, has come to be entirely intertwined with its notation, and that notation is fundamentally linked with how I work, how I start pieces, how my compositional methodology has come to define itself, how I have come to make music.

My approach to almost every aspect of musical material—rhythm, meter, gesture, dynamics, register, timbre, etc., etc.—is tied in with a compositional methodology that has become a ‘given’.

When I start a new work, most of the important decisions have already been made. That was highly intentional, at least initially. I designed a way of working that did what I wanted my music to do. But increasingly I’ve wanted to at least force myself to consider doing something else, and to do that my sense has been that it would be necessary to therefore upend the very process of making pieces.

I’ve considered a variety of approaches, but in the end they all felt like tinkering around the edges. I needed a less familiar space and a much higher degree of discomfort.

Float Level Femur For Flute, Oboe and Bass Clarinet Bil Smith 2016 A Commission from Fanuc

In this new work, it should be understood that my intention is to allow for and, on occasion, prioritize the “impurities...
06/19/2020
New Work - 2020

In this new work, it should be understood that my intention is to allow for and, on occasion, prioritize the “impurities” of instrumental sound.

"Charmed Into Docility"for Bass Flute and BassoonBil Smith Composer2018Published by LNM EditionsLink to Full Score (PDF)
06/12/2020
"Charmed Into Docility" for Bass Flute and Bassoon

"Charmed Into Docility"

for Bass Flute and Bassoon

Bil Smith Composer

2018

Published by LNM Editions

Link to Full Score (PDF)

"Charmed Into Docility" for Bass Flute and Bassoon Bil Smith Composer 2018 Published by LNM Editions Link to Full S...

Thrones De Los Cantares" (A Micro-Opera)for 27 Voices (inclusive of Coloratura Soprano, Lyric Soprano, Heldentenor, Cont...
05/27/2020
"Thrones De Los Cantares". A Micro-Opera. The New Recording

Thrones De Los Cantares" (A Micro-Opera)

for 27 Voices (inclusive of Coloratura Soprano, Lyric Soprano, Heldentenor, Contralto, Baryton-Noble, Basso Buffo, Dugazon Soprano), Grapheticist*, and Chamber Ensemble. (Synthesis by Transient Drawing and Particle Cloning).

"Thrones De Los Cantares" (A Micro-Opera) for 27 Voices (inclusive of Coloratura Soprano, Lyric Soprano, Heldentenor, Contralt...

In what follows, I refer to the perception of all, including the composer. I use the word perception to mean the thinkin...
05/19/2020
I Refer to the Perception of All, Including the Composer.

In what follows, I refer to the perception of all, including the composer. I use the word perception to mean the thinking is unclear. Even while writing these ideas there is a lack of clarity. The work seems to be ruined. Logic may be lost entirely.

Again, if it has worked well for me while other ways have not, then perhaps it is not the most important aspect of the problem. After that the post-conceptual composer is free even to surprise himself. Ideas are discovered by intuition (or, more likely, accident).

What is the work of notation? This kind of notation is for all composers. I have tried to state them with as much clarity as possible.

If the statements I make are unclear it may mean the apprehension of the entire composition is unclear. Using complex basic forms only disrupts the unity of the composer, who may or may not be involved in the production of very small works of music. This uncertainty is a kind of regular beat or pulse.

In what follows, I refer to the perception of all, including the composer. I use the word perception to mean the thinking is unclea...

"Pumper Wired Alambrada" For Solo CelloBil Smith Composer A commission from ENI SpA
05/07/2020
"Pumper Wired Alambrada" for Cello. The Score

"Pumper Wired Alambrada" For Solo Cello

Bil Smith Composer

A commission from ENI SpA

"Pumper Wired Alambrada" For Solo Cello The Score: 32" X 14" Bil Smith Composer A commission from ENI SpA Premie...

"Vibrating From The Shock Of The Blows"For EnsembleFlute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone,Percussion I ...
05/02/2020
"Vibrating From The Shock Of The Blows". For Ensemble

"Vibrating From The Shock Of The Blows"

For Ensemble

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone,
Percussion I and II, Violin I and II, Viola and Cello

Bil Smith Composer

2016

A Commissioned Work From BAE Systems

The Full Score (PDF File)

"Vibrating From The Shock Of The Blows" For Ensemble Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion I an...

Recognizing how numerous experiments have demonstrated that notational systems have the ability to bond tightly, this wo...
03/24/2020
Temblors Rising From Under The Pool. For Ensemble

Recognizing how numerous experiments have demonstrated that notational systems have the ability to bond tightly, this work grafts idiomatic passages together so that different themes and registers are spliced in a sort of intellectual surrealism.

Temblors Rising From Under The Pool For Ensemble Bil Smith Composer 2016 Recognizing how numerous experiments have demons...

"Silver Stockholm"For Bass Clarinet, Cello and HarpsichordBil Smith Composer104" X 10"A Commission From Sage Group
03/21/2020
"Silver Stockholm" The Score.

"Silver Stockholm"

For Bass Clarinet, Cello and Harpsichord

Bil Smith Composer

104" X 10"

A Commission From Sage Group

Vertical Orientation "Silver Stockholm" For Bass Clarinet, Cello and Harpsichord Bil Smith Composer 104" X 10" ...

"A Miraculous Positional Memory"For Alto Clarinet and Baritone Horn2013-2016Bil Smith ComposerThe Full Score:
03/11/2020
"A Miraculous Positional Memory". The Score

"A Miraculous Positional Memory"

For Alto Clarinet and Baritone Horn

2013-2016

Bil Smith Composer

The Full Score:

"A Miraculous Positional Memory" For Alto Clarinet and Baritone Horn 2013-2016 Bil Smith Composer The Full Score: ...

"Eclipse Belief-Based Competition"For Glockenspiel, Rope and 22" Robert Spizzichino Ride Cymbal"Bil Smith Composer3'18"
02/29/2020
"Eclipse Belief-Based Competition"

"Eclipse Belief-Based Competition"

For Glockenspiel, Rope and 22" Robert Spizzichino Ride Cymbal"

Bil Smith Composer

3'18"

"Eclipse Belief-Based Competition" For Glockenspiel, Rope and 22" Robert Spizzichino Ride Cymbal" Bil Smith Composer 3'1...

Polysemy, Aporia, Irony and Indeterminacy
02/11/2020
Polysemy, Aporia, Irony and Indeterminacy

Polysemy, Aporia, Irony and Indeterminacy

Polysemy, Aporia, Irony and Indeterminacy Polysemy connotes a multiplicity of meanings in a given compositional notation referrin...

Where there is so much talk of liberation there are sure to be very disturbing reverberations within the world of establ...
01/24/2020
Lodestar One. Bil Smith Composer

Where there is so much talk of liberation there are sure to be very disturbing reverberations within the world of established, acceptable criteria. The liberation of words, objects, sounds, etc., should be seen as different from the confusions surrounding the idea of making them free. They are already free, before anyone ever thinks of using them. The idea of them being liberated is relative to the use that they have been put to (and enslaved by) in the past.

They cannot be more free than they are, but they can be liberated from their conceptual inheritance, and we from ours. That is the point at which we can realize that we are already as free as words, objects, and sounds are. Everything is then free to move in all directions to all meanings.

Where there is so much talk of liberation there are sure to be very disturbing reverberations within the world of established, a...

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