Music of Hale Smith
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Great American Treasure
Having known and briefly studied under Hale Smith, I'm privileged to be aware of his connection to American 20th Century Music and thought. I, on a lark, entered his name in the iTunes search and up popped this priceless collection of flawless 20th Century concert music. These are worth the investment of a little of your money and a lot of your musical mind and imagination. I was 18 when I sat in his office trying to comprehend "the motif." His teaching resounds in my life not just as a composer, but as a human being. Every note of a piece relies on every other note to exist. Music as art is philosophy, worship, confession, and pure thought all tied into time passing by our consciences in the form of delicious sounds that light the far corners of our brains. I'm wordy here, but catch the feel of what I'm trying to communicate. Learn and enjoy this great composer's story as well as his music and you may find yourself changed for the better. Thank you Hale Smith!