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Why this is done Gilla Singh welcome once again to another broadcaster do it yourself radio show brought to you each week by the national educational radio network and not only that the show originates in the office of the chairman of the division of music of the School of the arts on the campus of Southern Methodist University in the city of Dallas Texas. And the reason of this is because I'm chairman of the music division of the School of the arts and although that really has nothing to do with my doing this program it is always good to know from whence such things as this come or come up as we say over and they School of Theology. However right now I have and I have labeled radio announcer and so without further ado I'll announce and so I do as follows. The United States Army Band plays recipe and rhythm by Don Gillis and it not only last exactly four minutes and three seconds but it's also conducted by the composer. Why.
On recipe and rhythm music for symphonic band was the first number on this the fifth edition of music by Don Gillis played for us by the United States Army Band recently on our weekly cience together I mentioned more or less casually that I have a new book coming out soon called the unfinished symphony conductor. I don't know exactly why I wrote it but I did and along the way I met a marvelous artist named William J. And he's illustrated it perfectly with about 50 quite funny cartoons. The book itself pretends to be a most serious textbook on how to become a conductor.
And although it doesn't mention music much it does take up a bunch of other things about conductors such as selecting Vitale entails and teaching them how to deal with their mortal enemies which include but not necessarily in this order. Composers other conductors critics the general public and especially the musicians and their orchestras and like to read a paragraph or so from it right now to whet your appetite for more and the section we're about to hear has to do with baton and sticks or spoken more rhythm and beating time. I do at this moment now quote. No handbook for conductors would be complete without an explanation of those mystical magical maneuverings of the wrist muscles which are so much of my astro stock and trade. Actually the downbeat isn't nearly as important as beating the other guy to the podium but it is necessary to know a bunch of the standard tricks and so we'll take up for court time first in case you ever run into it. Now for fourth time is that kind of time which has
four for a Senate. There are probably other books that explain this better. But for right now let's just be content to accept it is true and just say that poor poor time has four pours in it and that we have to beat it and we do this with a baton about which there probably be another chapter later. In case you don't have a time use a pencil with number to lead. Grasping either end of it in your right hand bring it up to around your forehead but not as high as where your head comes to a point which it obviously does if you're serious about being a conductor. Now bring it down. This is called a downbeat and I suggest that both of us are rest for a while as we've just learned the most important thing about conducting. Next to having something to conduct that is now moving to your left in a definite fashion sort of. What the heck attitude is now just conducted a second beat of a four for Major. How's that for progress you've only been at this for a few minutes and you're already halfway through a major.
Once over to the left there's nothing else for you to do except to bring it back over to the right as far as you can reach. This is called the three beat and be careful to keep the sharpened end of the baton or pencil away from your body as I've seen some nasty abdominal wounds resulting from careless gesticulation on this one. Now that you have your right hand up to the right with an angle of your armpit being about 83 degrees in relationship to your rib cage you sweep upward towards your forehead again and when you reach the top you are there. You have been a major for four time and you're on your way to the mat. That last. Bit of whimsy was a quotation from my about to be published book The Anthony symphony conductor. And if this were not a noncommercial educational type station I would invite you to read up and buy it. However none of this stuff can even be brought up so I'll go directly into the announcement of the major work on this week's edition of music by Dan give us. It's the Symphony Number 8 or as some critics have called it have eaten it is subtitled
The dance Symphony and the movements will appear in order under the following titles. Jukebox chive deep blues waltz of sorts and Lowdown hoedown And so if you have your baton or a pencil with number to lead ready you may conduct along with me as we hear the dance of an E so we all give a downbeat. Core core.
With this performance of the dance Symphony the Symphony Number eight played by they Rexford Symphony
Orchestra conducted by the composer. They've come to the end of another program of music by Don give us I hope you enjoyed it enough to be with us next week when we're going to hear the cycle of metrics which are the slogan from my first symphony for a band titled The present years and the whole thing will end up with a left handed lecture which we call music to be incidental by. Since I sleep with a clock on the old studio wall as we used to say in old fashioned meaning good radio that I have just about one minute of time. I think I'll feel free to discuss just about anything that comes to mind. I could write a short piece called A MINUTE killer which would consume 60 seconds or we could all hum the Minute Waltz which would more or less do the job for me. Or I could ask for some letters and postcards saying all the while that if you didn't write to me I would be delighted to answer you just send them to Gallows Southern Methodist University School of the arts division of music Dallas Texas and in the
meantime I dispose nicely of that extra minute with that and a brief moment will be gone for another week before I do leave however I must say at this time that permission to quote from I about to be published book The unfinished symphony conductor was given freely by Pemberton press of Austin Texas. Who are the about to be published is music played on give us originates on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas and is brought to you by the national educational radio network. So long.
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The music of Don Gillis III
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Southern Methodist University
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program features composer Don Gillis highlighting some of his favorite pieces from his oeuvre.
Series Description
This series spotlights the works of American composer Don Gillis and is hosted by the man himself.
Media type
Composer: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
Host: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
Producer: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
Producing Organization: Southern Methodist University
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-39-5 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:43
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