Compositions

My Mission

My goal is to write music that my listeners and I will enjoy, and to build relationships with others through music.  Until I have time to revamp this website I invite you to take a listen to some of my music here: http://www.kitmills.com/blog/2015/10/29/some-of-kits-music/

My Music

While some of my music is available for purchase through external publishers, I've opted to self-publish much of my music.  At this time I'm making that music available to you for free in hopes that you or someone you know will find it useful and enjoyable.  I do have two requests:
(1) Please let me know the details (performer, piece(s), venue, location, date) about any concerts at which you will perform my music; and
(2) Please let me know if you decide to record the music on video or audio. 
Both of these things are helpful to me, not only for promoting my music to others, but for partnering with you to promote your career as well.  You can shoot me an e-mail here: Contact Kit

If you are using and enjoying my music, please consider donating via the button
below.  Your gift will help me pay for the costs of maintaining this website
and providing music free of charge.  Thank you so much!

Purchasing an existing work

Please browse my catalogue below to find one or more compositions that will suit your needs.  You can purchase .pdf copies of each piece here on the website, or place an order for a physical copy from Kit Mills Music Publications using the Contact Form below (there will be an additional fee to cover printing and shipping costs).  If you decide to perform the work in concert, please let me know!  I'd like to hear about the concert, your impressions of the piece, the audience reaction - everything (in fact, when I apply for composition grants it is extremely useful to be able to refer to my documentation of all past and upcoming public performances of my music).  Also, feel free to post a recording on YouTube and e-mail me the link; I'd love to hear you play it!  If I think your performance is outstanding, with your permission I'll embed the video on my site and include a link to your YouTube channel.

Commissioning a new composition

If I haven't yet written the piece of music you seek, why not commission or co-commission a new work?  A commission agreement allows you to determine how long a piece should be, for how many players, and even what sort of mood or scene you would like me to evoke.  Whether you need a new wedding processional, a solo to give as a birthday gift to a pianist friend, a choral work for an upcoming church festival, or even a full orchestral piece to showcase your symphony orchestra, you and I can collaborate to create a new composition that I'll enjoy writing, the player(s) will enjoy performing, and your audience will enjoy hearing.

My commission rates and additional information are included in the following .pdf file, available for download and printing at your convenience:
icon Commissioning Compositions PDF (182.54 kB)

To get started or to ask any further questions, please contact me via the means below.  I look forward to creating new music with you!

Please contact me at:

Phone: (360) 279-0809
E-mail: kit [at] kitmills.com

For your convenience, you may also e-mail me directly from the form below:

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 March 2017 14:17 )

 

Open Commission: Advanced Percussion Quartet

Proposed Work:
Genre: New composition for university and professional percussion quartets.

Instrumentation: Centered around, but not limited to, mallet percussion.

Duration: c. 6'-10'

Composition Deadline: August 1, 2016

Fees and Commissioner Rights:
Fees: $200 per ensemble, which covers both the commission and engraving costs.  Up to two ensembles may opt to be lead commissioners, with the extra commitment of producing a high-quality video or audio recording of the work by August 1, 2017.  The composer will have access to this recording for promotional purposes only, while the lead commissioners will retain primary rights to any subsequent commercial release of the recording.


Commissioner Rights: All commissioners will be included in the score and website credits, and lead commissioners will be mentioned by name in all press releases.  Each commissioner will receive a full set of score and parts in PDF form, with permission to produce copies as needed, and will be entitled to any subsequent edits and corrections.  Commissioners will have exclusive access to the work until August 1, 2017, and are invited to offer feedback or suggestions throughout this time.

Payment Method:
Options: Commissioners may pay here:

or by an institution-issued check mailed to composer's home address.

If you have any questions about this commission, the process, the payment method, or anything else, please contact me any time via my Contact Page.  Thank you for the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a new piece!  I look forward to working with you.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 April 2016 13:38 )

 

Open Commission: Work for High School Percussion Ensemble

Proposed Work:
Genre: New composition for high school percussion ensemble; may also be suitable for college/university ensembles including players with a wide range of skills and experience.

Number of Players: 6+ (including optional doubling or part sharing)

Instrumentation: Standard percussion equipment common to the majority of high school band programs.

Duration: c. 6'45"

Composition Deadline: August 31, 2016

Fees and Commissioner Rights:
Fees: $200 per ensemble, which covers both the commission and engraving costs.  Up to two ensembles may opt to be lead commissioners, with the extra commitment of producing a high-quality video or audio recording of the work by September 2017.  The composer will have access to this recording for promotional purposes only, while the lead commissioners will retain primary rights to any subsequent commercial release of the recording.

Commissioner Rights: All commissioners will be included in the score and website credits, and lead commissioners will be mentioned by name in all press releases.  Each commissioner will receive a full set of score and parts in PDF form, with permission to produce copies as needed, and will be entitled to any subsequent edits and corrections.  Commissioners will have exclusive access to the work until August 31, 2017, and are invited to offer feedback or suggestions throughout this time.

Payment Method:
Options: Commissioners may pay here:

 

or by an institution-issued (booster clubs are also acceptable) check mailed to composer's home address.

If you have any questions about this commission, the process, the payment method, or anything else, please contact me any time via my Contact Page.  Thank you for the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a new piece!  I look forward to working with you.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 August 2016 11:07 )

 

Marimba

Solos

18 Variations on an Original Romantic Theme, 5.0 octave Marimba (4 mallets), c. 12'00", C. Alan Publications (NC), 2009 - commissioned by Classical Marimba League
http://www.c-alanpublications.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&;Store_Code=CAPC&Product_Code=16550

Nocturne No. 1, 5.0 octave Marimba (4 mallets), c. 3'30", 2008 iconNocturne No. 1 for Marimba PDF (117.26 kB)

Danza Triste, 4.0 octave Marimba (2 mallets), c. 2' 45", 2008 iconDanza Triste PDF (44.1 kB)

A Rewarding Journey, suite for 3.0 octave Marimba (2 mallets), c. 6'30", 2012 - to be published by C. Alan Publications in 2013
http://www.c-alanpublications.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&;Store_Code=CAPC&Product_Code=19970


Little Toccata in D Minor, 3.5 octave Marimba (2 mallets), c. 1'15", 2011 iconLittle Toccata in D Minor PDF (29.85 kB)

Takin' It Easy (A Calypso Tune), 3.0 octave Marimba (2 mallets), c. 2'25", 2012 iconTakin' it Easy PDF (77.84 kB)

Suite for the Royal Court
, 3.0 octave Marimba (2 mallets), c. 4'45", 2012 iconSuite for the Royal Court PDF (87.44 kB)

 

 

Duets

What Wondrous Love is This, for one 4.0 octave Marimba (Player One uses 2 mallets, Player Two uses 4 mallets), c. 4'00", 2005 iconWhat Wondrous Love is This (for Marimba, Two Players) (159.9 kB)
Meditation No. 1, for one 4.0 octave Marimba (Player One uses 2 mallets, Player Two uses 4 mallets), c. 2'30", 2010 iconMeditation No. 1 for Marimba (Two Players) PDF (111.07 kB)
Four in Three for Two, for Cello and 4.0 octave Marimba (both 2 and 4 mallets), c. 7'30", C. Alan Publications (NC), 2010 - 2009 Classical Marimba League Composition Contest, Honorable Mention
http://www.c-alanpublications.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&;Store_Code=CAPC&Product_Code=17110

Trios or Larger

Three European Folksongs, 5.0 octave Marimba (6 hands, 2 and 4 mallets), c. 10'30", C. Alan Publications (NC), 2008 - 2007 Attacca Percussion Trio Composition Contest, Honorable Mention; 2008 Classical Marimba League Contest, Winner (Romantic Category)
http://www.c-alanpublications.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&;Store_Code=CAPC&Product_Code=15350

Suite for Five Marimba Players, for three or four 4.3 octave marimbas (ten hands, 2 mallets), c. 10'00", 2000 iconSuite for Five Marimba Players ZIP (635.42 kB)

 

Strings 

Solos (with or without accompaniment)

Adventure No. 1 for Solo Violin, 2012 icon Adventure No. 1 for Solo Violin (50.21 kB)
Soliloquy No. 1 for Solo Viola, c. 1'45", 2006 icon Soliloquy No. 1 for Viola PDF (29.56 kB)
Reverie, Cello and Piano, c. 3'30", 2002 icon Reverie (Score and Parts), for Cello and Piano ZIP (146.91 kB)

Quartets

Processional of the Lyons (Wedding Processional), String Quartet, c. 3'00", 2009 icon Processional of the Lyons (Score and Parts) ZIP (191.58 kB)
Recessional for Rich and Michelle (Baroque Recessional)
, String Quartet, c. 4'00", 2009 icon Baroque Recessional (Score and Parts) ZIP (241.21 kB)

Other Ensembles
Little Baroque Suite in B Minor; 2 Violins, Theorbo, and Basso Continuo, c. 10'00", 2009 icon Little Baroque Suite in B Minor (Score and Parts) ZIP (501.6 kB)


Chamber Orchestra

Christ the Lord is Risen, French Horn and String Orchestra (or Quintet), c. 3'30", publ. Selah Publishing (NY), 2000 - 2000 ISAE Composition Contest, Winner
http://www.selahpub.com/Instrumental/815-201-ChristTheLordIsRisen.html

 
Voice

Four Little Night Songs, Soprano and Piano, c. 6'30", 2013 icon Four Little Night Songs, by Kit Mills ZIP (744.99 kB) 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 March 2016 19:04 )