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The Dawn’s Early Light

The Dawn’s Early Light. SATB, Cello, Four Guitars, 19′. Text: Life Among the Piutes (1883), Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (c.1844–1891), ed. K.S., and “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814), Francis Scott Key (1779–1843). Commissioned for Conspirare and Craig Hella...

The Arc in Gramophone

Laurence Vittes praises The Arc in the Sky, the CD The Crossing, directed by Donald Nally, released this summer on Navona, in a thoughtful October 2019 Gramophone magazine review. My description of the work as a “65-minute pilgrimage for unaccompanied...

The Arc in the Sky in The Classic Review

“Smith has set a new standard for himself … at various times rocks, rolls, mourns, murmurs, laments, and glorifies. Masterful … exhilarating … a new top-notch, emotionally charged choral work. Strongly recommended listening for anyone.”...

Ballad and March for Organ

Ballad and March for Organ. 5′. Premiered 19 Aug 2017, Margaret Harper, Central Congregation Church, Newburyport, MA, Newburyport Summer Music Festival. Transcribed for solo organ from Plain Truths, a song cycle for baritone and string quartet or piano. “Annie...