Will Smith replied to Jeff Fuhrer's discussion Dissect away! (new composition for small mixed choir, clarinet, piano)
"Nice, very slick and elegantly constructed. I imagine this would be a good sing- lots of stuff for all the parts and some very attractive voicings (I love that Gbadd9 with the C natural in the choir's penultimate bar). Was Eric Whittaker an…"
Mar 11, 2012
Will Smith replied to Johan Roeraade's discussion Prelude for piano
"Lovely harmonic progressions and modulations, you obviously know your romantic piano music! I like the cunning E minor coda as well. I wonder if the first section would be better presented in 6/8 or some other compund meter. On the score it looks as…"
Feb 2, 2012
Will Smith replied to Allison Danielle's discussion Are We Martians? New percussion ensemble composition.
"Interesting piece- my knowledge of percussion music is pretty limited, but you definitely have got the art of writing for the group sorted! I like the abrupt sectional changes and the little hints at various styles. Do you ever get chance to perform…"
Jan 11, 2012
Will Smith replied to Egor's discussion Against music instruments!)))) Only noise around us
"That's crazy! I really thought it was a sample- did you process the sound in any way?Egor said:
Thank you
The throat-singing effect - it's common school ruler )))Will Smith said:
That is super-funky! I was expecting something more abrasive and…"
Jan 11, 2012
Will Smith replied to Egor's discussion Against music instruments!)))) Only noise around us
"That is super-funky! I was expecting something more abrasive and learn-d from the title... How did you get the throat-singing effect?"
Jan 8, 2012
Will Smith replied to David Stowell's discussion Licke thou the knife - for string quartet and string orchestra
"Ahhhh- it all becomes clear! I enjoyed the polyphonic sections presented in the solo quartet, but hadn't made the link to renaisance music. Fascinating!"
Jan 5, 2012
Will Smith replied to David Stowell's discussion Licke thou the knife - for string quartet and string orchestra
"Interesting piece- the introduction is immediately captivating and the dense polyphony would work brilliantly in a concert hall, with your performance directions. It struck me that the 'standard' 20th century thing to do in the introduction would be…"
Jan 5, 2012
Will Smith replied to Jake Jones's discussion The Vicarious Struggle
"Hi Jonathan,
 
I like the concept for the piece a lot, and some of your ideas are very cool (49-51 and 90-91 particularly). For me the piece falls down in a couple of ways: rhythmically, why constrict yourself to such heavy use of on-beat rhythms…"
Jul 7, 2011
Will Smith replied to Will Smith's discussion The Unicorn (for solo guitar)
"Thanks for the comments guys. I agree with both of you: I like the way the piece progresses, although I think the first idea in the piece is a little bit four-square. I think I will post the other pieces, so that this one has a better frame of…"
Jul 7, 2011
Jake Jones replied to Will Smith's discussion The Unicorn (for solo guitar)
"I really enjoyed the piece. It seemed very liquid and I felt that you were very consistent with the sound world you've chosen for the piece. If I had any criticism, it would be it's lack of ability to stand alone."
Jul 7, 2011
John Rimmer replied to Will Smith's discussion The Unicorn (for solo guitar)
"i can hear the Schoenberg influence. I like this piece more as it progresses."
Jul 5, 2011
Will Smith replied to Will Smith's discussion The Unicorn (for solo guitar)
"Thanks for your comments! I agree that it doesn't hold that much weight by itself- there are some other movements which I may post later. Nice idea about the sprechstimme as well- I've never tried writing it before, but I can imagine it working well…"
Jul 4, 2011
Tombo Rombo replied to Will Smith's discussion The Unicorn (for solo guitar)
"Hey ya,
 
I like the consistent, complex harmonic language, very tightly woven and true to itself throughout.  Can you play this on guitar?  It would certainly sound better, midi guitar sounds pretty much suck, but you know that already.  I'm not…"
Jul 3, 2011
Will Smith replied to Victor Atanasov's discussion A Suite For Piano And Orchestra-Part 1-Please,Do Comment!
"The two main themes are very cool, and contrast well with each other. I like your developmental ideas and you have a good sense of 'thematic timing' (if you know what I mean!). There is probably more scope for exploration of the ideas, especially…"
Jul 1, 2011
Will Smith replied to Alton D. Terry's discussion Morning Breath (L'alito Del Mattino)
"Nice fresh, intimate atmosphere on this one. The repeated motifs at the start get stuck in your head like birdsong, which seems appropriate for the title! I wasn't totally feeling the parts where the bass drops out in the first section- I think the…"
Jun 26, 2011
Will Smith replied to Mantas Savickis's discussion contemporary rhythm theory
"Hi, I don't know if this is the kind of thing you were thinking of:
http://www.vai.com/LittleBlackDots/tempomental.html
It's an article by Steve Vai, covering some interesting rhythmic concepts.
I have a book by William Russo (a jazz composer)…"
Jun 20, 2011
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