All of the pieces listed are available - the concert pieces as scores and parts (and those marked [*] on tape as well).
MIDI pieces are available as audio tapes only. Sound clips (+) are available on the music file page.ChamberCollected Film Music, electro-acoustic music composed for corporate and industrial films, videos, television themes, and television commercials, 1988 - 1996 *
The Continents, electro-acoustic suite (compact disc), 1987 * +
World's Fair Set, 7 collected jazz tunes, 1984
Mickie Willis's one-hour suite for synthesizer, The Continents, on the Nebula label was distributed worldwide by Harmonia Mundi. He also scored and performed the accompanying music for a recorded poem cycle, An American Calendar, by poet Ava Levell Haymon.Der Grosse Waldteufel, for wind quintet, 2001
Five Bagatelles, for clarinet, trumpet, piano, and percussion, 2000
Shards of Memory, for piano trio, 1999
Commissioned by the Louisiana Music Teachers' National Association, as part of their national commissioning program.
Ornamentia: Ornament Madness for woodwind trio, 1999 +
Commissioned by the Louisiana Sinfonietta, premiered at Baton Rouge Gallery.
String Quartet No. 4, 1997 +
Lost Variations: Forgotten Episodes for Two Pianos, 1984 (published)*
Improvisational Sketches, for chamber orchestra and jazz soloists, 1982
String Quartet No. 3, 1981
Oboe Sonata, with piano accompaniment, 1980
String Quartet No.2, 1977
String Quartet No.1, 1976 *
Variations on a Serenade, for piano, 1975 *
Interface Variations, for piano, 1974 *
Two Binaries, for piano, 1974 *
Two Duets, for viola and cello, 1973 *
Serenade, for piano, 1973 *
VocalTwelve Words, for a capella choir, 1999OrchestraSongs of the Ages, a secular oratorio for four soloists, chorus and orchestra, 1978Commissioned by the St. Petersburg Junior College Chorus, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lines for an Old Man, for tenor voice, guitar and English horn, 1978 *
An Ash in the Water, for mezzo-soprano voice and chamber orchestra, 1976 *
Morning Tide, for mezzo-soprano voice and piano, 1973 *Still Waters, 2007.
The Beach, a symphonic poem for orchestra, 2003.
Diavolo Gigante, for string orchestra, 2001*
Phases, for solo violin, string orchestra and percussion, 1974 *
Divertimento Sinfonietta, for string orchestra, 1993 (published) * +
An American Calendar, incidental music for poem cycle (commercial recording), 1991*
Mosaic, for chamber orchestra, 1991 (published)* +
Symphony No.3, orchestra, 1988
Professional papers and literary publications
"The Impact of Technological Innovation and Compositional Process on Musical Ideas," a paper presented at the Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference at the Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, October, 2006.
"On Piano Playing," an essay published in the Summer, 2006, issue of the National Association of Composers/USA journal, and also online at the Unconservatory web site: www.unconservatory.org
"The Flattening Historical Perspective of Music Caused by the Advent of Sound Recording," a lecture presented at the Aspen Cmposers' Conference, August, 2005.
"What Makes Good Music Good?". Published in the fall, 2003, issue of the National Association Of Composers/USA Bulletin. Also published on the web site, the Unconservatory.
"The Impact of Technological Innovation and Compositional Process on Musical Ideas," a paper presented at the 2003 College Music Society/National Association of Composers/USA Conference in Kansas City, MO.
"Why Do So Many Smart People Listen To Such Terrible Music?". Published in the Spring, 2001, issue of the National Association Of Composers/USA Bulletin.
In April, 1999, Mickie Willis presented a paper, "The Flattening Historical Perspective of Music Caused by the Advent of Sound Recording," at New York University for the national conference of the Society of Composers, Inc.
His article, "What Has Jazz to do with Composition?" originally published in the Fall, 1998, issue of the National Association of Composers/USA journal, was recently reprinted in the Summer, 1999, issue of Penn Sounds.
Another article, "Choice, Originality, and Style" appeared in the Summer, 1998, issue of the Living Music Journal. (Online article available by request.)
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