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William O. Smith

William Overton Smith (Bill), composer, clarinet; b. Sacramento, California, 1926. Clarinet at 10: theory, harmony at 16. To NYC; studied at Juilliard; later for several years with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland, California. While at Mills, met fellow-student Dave Brubeck ans formed octet with him. M.A. in music 1952; became teacher at colleges while continuing to play and write all kinds of music including jazz. Won Prix de Rome, later settled in Rome working on Guggenheim grant. While in Italy, Smith represented the U.S. at the International Congress of Electronic Music in Venice, giving premiere of work for jazz combo and prerecorded tape. He became increasingly interested in electronic music. With pianist John Eaton he formed the American Jazz Ensemble, which toured U.S. annually playing community concerts. The group introduced the Synket, a novel machine for production and transformation of sounds.


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Title Category Score Parts Time Listen
Charlie - ** - ** -
Clarinet Duo Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 14.95 --- 10:00 -
Concerto for Jazz Soloist & Orchestra (a.k.a. Variants) Symphony Orchestra with Jazz Soloist(s) R R 18:00 -
Cool It - ** - ** -
Ecco! Symphony Orchestra with Jazz Soloist(s) 20.00 R 6:00 -
Elegia Chamber Orchestra 25.00 R 15:00 -
Eternal Truths Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 24.95 44.95 12:00 -
Fancies (for Clarinet) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 15.00 --- 8:00 -
Five Pieces (for Flute & Clarinet) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 15.00 --- 10:00 -
Five Songs (on poems by Kenneth Patchen) Vocal Music 19.95 --- 8:00 -
Five Songs (Voice, Cello) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 15.00 --- 8:00 -
Four Pieces (for Violin, Clarinet & Piano) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 20.00 --- 12:00 -
International Set - ** - ** -
Interplay Symphony Orchestra with Jazz Soloist(s) 18.95P R 14:00 -
Jazz Set (for Flute & Clarinet) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 12.95 --- 10:00 -
Love Is A Man - ** - ** -
Mosaic (for Clarinet & Piano) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 19.95 --- 11:00 -
MU - For Clarinet & Chamber (Jazz) Orchestra Chamber Orchestra 25.00 R 12:00 -
Open End Up - ** - ** -
Peace, Brother - ** - ** -
Quadri Symphony Orchestra with Jazz Soloist(s) 26.95P R 18:00 -
Quartet (for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 24.95 --- 14:00 -
Straws (for Flute & Bassoon) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 14.95 --- 10:00 -
Theona Symphony Orchestra with Jazz Soloist(s) R R 15:00 -
Tribute to the Bassoon (Voice, Bassoon) Chamber Music (Also Small Jazz Ensemble) 12.95 --- 3:00 -

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