Claude T. Smith: Harmony From Within


“Claude T. Smith: Harmony From Within” travels through Claude’s lifetime including his birth, childhood, education, Army and musical career, concluding with the legacy of Claude’s life and his impact on today’s band, orchestral, and a choral music. The impact of his use of irregular meters, fugue, hymn settings and variations and theme compositional structure forever changed all genres of music in the 20th Century.




The thoughts in this book, and Claude Smith himself, are not just sweet memories, but the only hope we have for the future.
– “Doc” Severinsen

Claude T. Smith was a giant among composers of the 20th Century. I was proud to have commissioned “Flight” and “Festival Variations” which have becomes staples in the band repertoire world-wide. Most of all, I was proud to have had Claude as a friend. I miss him, but his music and his legacy will live on forever.
– Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, USAF (Ret)
Conductor Emeritus
The United States Air Force Band

What an extra-ordinary book, which bespeaks of Claude’s many gifts, and those of a loving, devoted daughter. Congratulations, Pam. It’s a “page-turner.” And in it are the “lesson plans” of life!
– Don Shaffer, KC Musician and Dear Friend

A behind the scenes look at the life of Claude T. Smith. “Harmony From Within” reaches into the soul and persona of one of the well-loved band composers of the 20th century.
We have all heard the arching melodies, lush harmonies, and asked for a recount on a 7/8 measure, but we have never had a clear picture of who this wonderful composer was – until now. “Claude T. Smith: Harmony From Within” is THE perfect volume to connect the dots. I laughed, cheered and shed a tear.
– Andrew Yates

Claude T. Smith: Harmony From Within


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