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A Past and Future Wish
This was originally a trio (for horn, violin, guitar) I wrote very early in my career. It was written to encourage a young horn player named Suzanne. I came across it (~20 yrs later) and decided to give it an update, adding a flute part and some additional arranging while trying to maintain the original intent. It evolved to this piece.

"The guitar works unbelievably well in this arrangement. I was not convinced when I read your notes, but when I actually listened... the guitar solo framed by the rest of the piece sounds incredible!"
--Feenix

A_Past_and_Future_Wish.mp3

A_Past_and_Future_Wish_qtet_Score.pdf
horn, flute, clarinet, viola, guitar, classical, chamber, quartet
 
 
At a Busy Intersection [gtr, cello, alto flute]

Energetic piece re-arranged for guitar trio. duration ~2:50 (228 bpm) key of Am

Intersection_gtr_trio_v113.mp3

Intersection_gtr_trio_v113tr_aFL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113tr_FULL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_FULL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_GTR.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_VC.pdf
guitar, cello, alto flute, chamber, trio, intersection_g
 
 
At the Subway Stairs
At the ensemble's request, I re-arranged this quartet for the trio of flute, guitar & cello. Part of a series of "street scenes." (At a Busy Intersection was also similarly arranged recently.)

duration 3:00 (~121 bpm)

at_the_subway_stairs_v117-trio.mp3

at_the_subway_stairs_v117_FL.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_FULL.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_GTR.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_VC.pdf
trio, flute, guitar, cello, chamber, street scenes
 
 
Basso Piano
Origin is a baseline played on the bottom octave of the piano. It became the groove for this jazz-like ensemble (piano, guitar, sax, clarinets & drums).

54 measures, key of D, tempo = 116

Also arranged for wind sextet.

basso_piano_v103c.mp3

piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, drum kit, acoustic guitar
 
 
Blue Jeans, Blouse and Army Boots

A trio for bass flute, cello and guitar. An aggressive, percussive acoustic guitar track with lots of body tapping and string tapping brackets a delicate center section where the bass flute carries the melody.

Gm, 3:20

Army_Boots_TRIO_No_2_v108.mp3

Army_boots_trio_B_FL.pdf
Army_boots_trio_GTR.pdf
Army_boots_trio_VC.pdf
bass_fl, guitar DUO-TRIO No_2_v104.pdf
guitar, cello, bass flute, trio, chamber, acoustic, silk
 
 
Candle Waltz
This piece for recorder and guitar was written for the occasion of my wedding. The wedding was a full renaissance theme, and my musician friends accompanied us as we waltzed into the audience after our vows, initiating the reception.party.

Candle_Waltz_v1_1.mp3

CandleWaltz Score.pdf
recorder, (flute), guitar
 
 
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

three movements for guitar and orchestra

work in progress

guitar_concerto_v9.mp3

guitar_concerto_v1_7_Score.pdf
guitar, orchestra, concerto
 
 
Dart, Skitter, Dash!
A little flurry of whimsical energy for soprano, alto and bass flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. One of those little ideas that just popped out in the middle of the night.
duration: 75 seconds, Dm

Revisited this piece and arranged for guitar, oboe & flute.

I like it... -- C. Smith

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v104.mp3

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v105_gtr,oboe,fl.mp3

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v104_winds_FULL.pdf
Dart_Skitter_Dash_v105_trio_FULL.pdf
quintet, flute, alto flute, bass flute, bass clarinet, whimsy, woodwinds, trio, guitar, oboe, flute
 
 
Dusk at the Pier [trio for alto flute, english horn & guitar]

This is a rare combination of instruments; the english horn and alto flute are both low registered instruments in their family, with distinctly different characters and overlapping ranges. In this piece, the voices intertwine. ~72 bp, due: 6 min

This piece has proven to be adaptable to other arrangements. There are versions for:
alto flute, cello, guitar
viola, cello, guitar
alto flute, english horn, harp

Dusk-gtr,afl,ehorn_v111.mp3

Dusk-guitar,vla,vc_v106.mp3

trio, alto flute, english horn, classical guitar, harp, viola, cello, chamber, cor anglais, slow
 
 
Feelin' Plucky

A trio arranged for alto flute, cello and classical guitar.

The first movement introduces and develops the chipper tune; 2nd movement is darker and crustier, but with a gentle 'chorale-like' interlude. The 3rd movement is a repeat of the first, with additional variations and modulations.

key:
I. D G Bb G F G
II. Em (G) Em
III. E F#

duration: 5:54

Plucky_v118_guit_[trio].mp3

Feelin'_Plucky_v118g_A_FL.pdf
Feelin'_Plucky_v118g_FULL.pdf
Feelin'_Plucky_v118g_GTR.pdf
Feelin'_Plucky_v118g_VC.pdf
alto flute, cello, guitar, trio, chamber, acoustic, pizzicato, Feeling Plucky
 
 
For Agustín [trio for two guitars and cello]


Inspired by Allegro from La Catedral a work of paraguayan composer and guitarist Agustín Barrios


Bm --> Cm 2.8min

for_agustin_gtr,gtr,vc_v109.mp3

chamber music, trio, guitar, guitar, cello, David Smith, Agustin Barrios
 
 
Fresh Mint


A short, light and lively trio arranged for guitar, flute, and cello (or bassoon).
2 min, key of D --> G

fresh_mint_fl,gtr,bsn_trio_v106.mp3

Fresh_mint_trio_v106a.mp3

fresh_mint_fl,gtr,bsn_trio_v106.pdf
chamber, trio, light, whimsical, contemporary classical, flute, guitar, cello, bassoon, sfinzi
 
 
It's Muse Light
A commissioned work for San Francisco based Musae Womens Chorus and Bossa Five-O [flute, sax, guitar, percussion].

Lyrics

There's music in a whispered voice; She is the muse... of the song

Weaving beauty into the tapestry of creation,
and a thread of new music enters your dream.

She sparks your soul, melding thought, light and sound,
Then like a wisp [of smoke] she vanishes into the wind.

Spellbound, enchanted by the magic of the song, magic of the song
Singing, singing, singing for the joy.

The last rays of sunset are racing through the night
to rejoin the sky song of sunrise, of muse light!

instrumental

There's music in a whispered voice; She is the muse... of the song

And maybe you will hear it or see it at dawn,
and likewise be entranced by the sight of her song.

Beyond wordly facts and clashing views
All share a moment when the song and singer fuse.

It's_Muse_Light_FULL_a.mp3

muse_light_5-30-09_concert_a.mp3

It's_Muse_Light_FULL_Score.pdf
It's_Muse_Light_SSAA.pdf
womens chorus, guitar, flute, sax, percussion, SSAA, muselight, choral, musica sfinzi, 2011
 
 
Russian River Portraits
A duo for Alto Flute and Guitar

The Russian River (rio ruso) originates in the mountains of Mendocino county, and flows through the Ukiah valley, and then south to Healdsburg, then veers west to the sea.

Dur: ~7 min, Three movements.

Russian_River_duo_alto_fl,gtr_v114.mp3

Russian_River_duo_aFL_v114.pdf
Russian_River_duo_FULL_v114.pdf
Russian_River_duo_GTR_v114.pdf
Classical Guitar, Alto Flute, duo
 
 
Sideways [duo for guitar and bass flute]


Music for guitar and bass flute in 3/4 with a "sideways" melodic line.
Also arranged for guitar and horn.


A --> D --> Db duration: 5 min

Photo credit: Robert W. Howington. Used with permission.

Sideways_bass_fl_guitar_v107a.mp3

Sideways_hn_guitar_v107a.mp3

Sideways_bass_fl_guitar_v107a_FULL.pdf
chamber music, duo, guitar, bass flute, David Smith
 
 
Sideways [duo for guitar and cor anglais]


Music arranged for guitar and english horn in 3/4 with a slow, "sideways" melodic line.


A --> D --> Ab --> Db duration: 5 min

Photo credit: Robert W. Howington. Used with permission.

Sideways_ehorn_guitar_v111.mp3

Sideways_v111_FULL_tr.pdf
chamber music, duo, guitar, english horn, David Smith
 
 
Snazz
A duo for flute and guitar. Also arranged for violin and piano.

dur= 1:45.

"The fascinating shift in meters and styles made this a riveting listen all the way through." --J.R.


snazz_flute,guitar1.mp3

Snazz_duo_fl_gtr_v104_FLUTE.pdf
Snazz_duo_fl_gtr_v105_Score.pdf
guitar, flute, piano, violin, chamber, duo
 
 
Spiral Stones


A short, light trio arranged for guitar, flute, and cello.
dur: 3.5 min, key of D --> B

Spiral_Stones_v109.mp3

Spiral_Stones_v107.pdf
chamber, trio, light, whimsical, contemporary classical, alto flute, guitar, cello, sfinzi
 
 
Tender the Moment When Flowers Begin, Duo for Flute and Guitar
A little noncturne named for the opening line of a poem Sine Qua Non by Theresa Whitehill

[key of A]
~5min

Tender_the_Moment_duo_fl,gtr_v106.mp3

Tender_the_Moment_duo_fl,gtr_v106.pdf
Tender_the_Moment_v106_FL.pdf
Tender_the_Moment_v106_GTR.pdf
Classical Guitar, Flute, duo
 

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