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Worlds Within Worlds

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Rayer Feb 25, 2011. 8 Replies

I started this January 1, 2011 as a string study. But, of course, I got carried away with the line and movement. I modeled Copeland's "Quiet City" (more in mood than in compositional technique. …Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by William Rayer Apr 24, 2010. 3 Replies

Not sure where to post this but: My Dance Suite for Flutes is being performed Sunday at 7:00 by the Flute Society of Cleveland and at 9:00 on WCLV (104.9) or…Continue

Eternal Darkness

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Rayer Apr 30, 2010. 7 Replies

I don't know if this is the forum for this but I started this work yesterday and wondered if anyone here would listen and tell me if they feel it is a finished composition, or if it feels like it…Continue

Unknown Events - MM I

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Rayer Apr 12, 2010. 2 Replies

I am currently working on a large orchestral work to go along with a sci-fi book I am writing. I am being tutored by a professor at Oberlin College (OH).(You are never too old to learn more...) This…Continue


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  • 1.
    Worlds Within Worlds New Version
  • 2.
    Worlds Within Worlds
  • 3.
    Eternal Night - Prelude to Chaos Dreams
  • 4.
    Unknown Events - MM I
  • 5.
    Intro WCLV
  • 6.
    String Qt. MM I
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    String Qt. MM II
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    String Qt. MM III
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    String Qt. MM IV
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    Closing - WCLV
  • 11.
    MM I - The Rain Foreest
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    MM II - Diversity of Life
  • 13.
    MM III - Man's Intrusion
  • 14.
    MM IV - Nature's Lament
  • 15.
    Night Moods (Live)
  • 16.
    What Would I do
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Contemporary Orchestral
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Lorain, Ohio
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.
William F. Rayer is a retired music teacher having taught music for 30 years in the Mayfield School System. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Music Education from Kent State University. He has a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition from Cleveland State University where he studied music composition from Bain Murray and Rudy Bubalo. He was a member of the Cleveland Composer’s Guild From 1974 to 1980 but became inactive to raise a family. He re-activated his membership to the Cleveland Composer’s Guild in June of 2008. He has written many compositions which have been played by area orchestras and bands including the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Lakeland Civic Band, Lakeland Civic Orchestra as well as many local high schools and junior high schools. In the spring of 2007 the Lakeland Civic Orchestra premiered his work “Pluto, Requiem For A Dead Planet” which was inspired by a Newsweek article of the same name. He performs regular as the principle trumpet of the Lorain Community Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Robert Beckstrom. In the past he has performed with the Lakeland Jazz Band, Lakeland Concert Band, and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra. He performs solo and duo acts of popular music at area nursing homes and plays in the Broadale Brass Sextet led by John Simna.

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At 10:19am on September 4, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
Wonderful music Congratualations
At 10:03am on May 9, 2010, Ronald (rolifer) Ferguson said…
Bill....I have always enjoyed your music. Were you able to get a recording for the April performance? If so make sure you post it (if allowed). We buckeyes need to stick together (born in Akron and even lived across the street from Kent State back in '68). Ron
At 11:15am on May 2, 2010, Richard Rayer said…
I am still am not sure how to get around this .ning thing. And thanks for the comment.

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