Composers' Forum

Music Composers Unite!

William J. Joel
Share on Facebook
Share

William J. Joel's Friends

  • Michael Thomas Huspek
  • Ansgar  Kreutz
  • James Oppenheimer
  • Seyhan Canyakan
  • James Semple

William J. Joel's Discussions

Septet in Eb

Started this discussion. Last reply by William J. Joel Jan 8, 2011. 2 Replies

This one was composed quite sometime ago, but I still think it holds together quite well. It's scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, horn, tuba, and timpani/percussion. And if it sounds a little…Continue

What do you need to know?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fredrick zinos Jan 1, 2011. 9 Replies

Okay, I'll 'fess up ... I'm a self-taught composer. I know some theory, but not as much as someone who studied it seriously. However, I think I do pretty well creating works, often by ear. So, my…Continue

 

William J. Joel's Page

Latest Activity

William J. Joel replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"BTW, how many "winners" will be announced? Top three for each element? Runners-up? Just asking."
Jan 7, 2018
William J. Joel replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"If there's still room, I'm in!"
Jan 6, 2018
H. S. Teoh commented on William J. Joel's blog post New (relatively) trio
"Do you have the score for this piece? I'd like to follow along and perhaps give some feedback. But based on what I heard, I like your opening motif, it has an interesting flute line. I'm not so sure about the viola/bass parts; the viola…"
Mar 9, 2015
H. S. Teoh commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"I share in your frustration. :-) I might be in an even worse situation as far as composing goes... I have a full-time job, church obligations, and other things that basically leave me with barely enough time just to write the music down, let alone…"
Mar 9, 2015
Al Johnston commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"My solution is to produce and publish my music on Youtube, Al Johnston's Novaclassica.  The page gets a pretty good following, albeit not within academic circles (probably). But I have trouble with "academic music" to begin with.…"
Mar 9, 2015
Janet Spangenberg commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"I share the frustration of there not being enough avenues for new composers' music to be performed. Like Bob, that's the way it's always been, certainly within my own lifetime. It's not hopeless though, but it does take…"
Feb 22, 2015
William J. Joel commented on William J. Joel's blog post New (relatively) trio
"Bob, Thanks for the comments. Please note, mostly what I've been submitting to are calls for scores, but not really competitions. I shy away from them unless they look truly interesting. And I ignore any call that has an entry fee. The only…"
Feb 14, 2015
William J. Joel posted blog posts
Feb 12, 2015
William J. Joel commented on Oisín O'Neill's blog post First Full Composition.
"A wonderful piece of ambient music. Some thoughts ... Middle interlude, about 3/5 of the way, goes on for too long. consider trimming it back. Ending, starting at about 7:40 (or so) seems to come down to a nice closure, then keeps going. Consider,…"
Feb 12, 2015
William J. Joel commented on michael diemer's blog post On "Skating"
"I just finished listening to SKATING, reading the comments posted as I did so. Here's a quick, random list of thoughts. Though it may be the one thing that we detest hearing, if not followed by specifics, I also have to say that "I liked…"
Feb 12, 2015
William J. Joel commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"Yes, I have contacted an amateur orchestra, via their musical director, and though the response was kind, the message was that my music was too hard for them. Of course, that was only one contact, but something makes me feel that amateur ensembles…"
Feb 12, 2015
Michael Lofting commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"Hi William Understand how you feel as I have a number of pieces not performed yet. One avenue for a classical composer to try is an "amateur" orchestra. Usually have contact details on their website. the conductor will be the one deciding…"
Feb 12, 2015
William J. Joel commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"The age thing is something I often run into when the call is for works by NEW composers. What I have found is that "new" = "young", which is what urks me to no end."
Feb 12, 2015
Janet Spangenberg commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"Yeah!"
Feb 12, 2015
William J. Joel posted a status
"Good news! I've rejoined ACMP, and sent out a request to local members to take some of my works for a test drive. And there's interest!"
Oct 10, 2014
James Oppenheimer commented on William J. Joel's blog post Getting your stuff played
"I have the same problem. I write a lot of stuff for choir, and I find that many people will take the score, thank me for it, and then I never hear anything more. If I ask them, they often turn out not to have had time to look at it.   Also, I…"
Jan 17, 2011

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Neo-classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
New York
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
College professor, Computer graphics & animation
Website:
cs.wcsu.edu/joelw/music

William J. Joel's Blog

New (relatively) trio

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 3:17pm 2 Comments

Here's a link to a relatively new trio for flute, viola and contrebass. Why these instruments? Well, the work was written in response to a call for scores. Thoughts?

https://soundcloud.com/bill-joel/trio-b-1

Frustration

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 12:02pm 7 Comments

How can I say this, gently ... I am so frustrated that there are insufficient avenues for the amateur composer to have their works read/played. And worse, it seems that many believe that only folks under thirty can be called new composers. What is someone, like me, started seriously composing late in life, after dealing a non-musical career? Are we to be penalized because we're "old"?

Nuff said!

Getting your stuff played

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 7:01pm 5 Comments

What I find the hardest thing do, for someone with composition as an advocation, is to find groups to perform my stuff. Occasionally, I've been able to get students at my school to do a cold reading of a work, but that's getting harder to do. And forget about local groups. So where do I go?

Comment Wall

You need to be a member of Composers' Forum to add comments!

Join Composers' Forum

  • No comments yet!
 
 
 

Sign up info

Read before you sign up to find out what the requirements are!

Store

© 2019   Created by Gav Brown.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service