Explore the Smith Archives
Works by more than 50 composers are currently published by Smith Publications. For each of these composers, there is an archival folder containing photos, biographical information, correspondence, concert programs, articles by and about these composers and other pertinent information.
In addition to the composers published by Smith Publications, there are also archival folders for musicians, composers, scholars, publishers and organizations who support New music. These folders contain correspondence with Sylvia Smith and Smith Publications.
The Noble Snare is a collection of solo snare drum works published by Smith Publications. The four volumes of the Noble Snare collection as well as recordings of many of these compositions are part of the archive. There is also correspondence and the original manuscripts for several works from the Noble Snare Collection.
The Scribing Sounds Exhibit is a collection of 65 Scores exemplifying non traditional music notation. Many of these scores are in fact fascinating works of visual art in their own right. The purpose of the exhibit is to demonstrate new ideas in music notation and music notation as an art form. The Scribing Sounds Collection was curtated by Sylvia Smith and has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.
One of the interesting trends of New music of the 20th century is the exploration of new timbral resources. This exploration has led to the use of electronic sounds and unusual methods of playing conventional instruments. Some composers have gone so far as to create or invent instruments to achieve new sonorities.