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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


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William J. Joel replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed contest: “Colors”
"I'm in!"
Oct 10, 2020
William J. Joel replied to Jörfi Terríson's discussion Atonal piece for choir
"One of the aspects about spoken language is that it is most often melodic, even though the "melodies" most often do not adhere to a more typical definition of melody. I find this work to offer an interesting exploration of vocal motifs."
Mar 8, 2020

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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?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
New York
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College professor, Computer graphics & animation

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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?


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?

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