This family-educational concert work surveys the music of the past 400 years cycling through the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern periods of music. Mr. Smith, an “on-the-run” composer, interrupts a concert and whimsically explains the differences and similarities of these four periods by identifying and demonstrating some of their stylistic traits. He emphasizes the unbelievable fact of how the music of these periods was composed using the same 12 notes. He then explains the odd adventure of how he came to be at the concert by using excerpts from the musical styles previously discussed.
Mr. Smith’s Bowl of Notes was commissioned and premiered by conductor, Christopher Confessore and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.
Orchestration: (3pic), 2(eh), 2, 2 4, 3, 3, 1 Timp+2, Harp, Strings, Narrator (acting skills recommended).
Timing: 30 minutes.