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You're listening to music by Daniela's and this is Daniel as saying welcome to our regular sessions around my microphone and your loudspeaker brought to you each week by the very helpful people in your local station plus the national educational radio network and it's always a pleasure for me to say welcome to you to another of these broadcasts because I want you to feel right at home which is of course how you're feeling anyway if you are at home. But what I meant was I think that since we've been on the air for so many weeks I'd like to think that by now we're all part of one great big group spread out all over the nation listening to these shows which we are. Come to think of it. Well anyway welcome to the program for we're going to play a symphony that got me a doctor's degree not that I use it much mind you but I do have it and I have it because Texas Christian University gave it to me after I'd written my seventh symphony in honor of their 70th anniversary. I'm grateful for the honorary doctor of course but even more grateful that I had an album Otter's finest T.S. us some of my fondest memories are of my four years as a student there and of my seven years of teaching on that campus. The Seventh
Symphony is a rather long one almost twenty six minutes and it's four movements are played without pause. The symphony has a subtitle of the saga of a prairie school and each of the four movements also have individual titles. The people the vision the dedication and finally the fulfillment. The work was given its first performance by the symphony orchestra of Texas Christian University. And if you'll allow me to read from the program notes I wrote for that occasion. Perhaps you will enjoy hearing the work more. The first movement the vision opens with a sort of spiritual theme music reflecting the land and the prayerful willingness of the founding fathers to devote their lives to a cause. Their determination in SEO is evidenced in the militant spirit in which they work and pray. The spiritual theme heard at the beginning of the symphony dominates in terror were used in one instance as a slow and solemn devotion. In other movements rhythmically and with melodic variants the music ends with the fulfilment the accomplishment of
their dream and goal to build a great university. In my school I have used fragments from an early American him tune how firm a foundation and the school's alma mater him. Here now my Symphony Number Seven. Saga of a prairie school played for us by the new symphony orchestra of London. The composer conducting. At the.
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Yeah. Yeah. You have been listening to Symphony Number seven saga of a prairie school music written on
the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Texas Christian University and played for us by the new symphony orchestra of London. Our program is of course music by Don DeLillo's and this is done goes to hope that you'll be with us again next week for another informal session of music in words brought to you over the national educational radio network. Your comments are as always warmly welcome and I do appreciate your cards and letters about the programs we've been doing. Until next week then so long and thanks for listening. This is the national educational radio network.
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The Music of Don Gillis II
Strictly for Strads
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program features performances of the following Gillis compositions: Strictly for Strads; First Movement from Symphony No. II; Third Movement from Symphony No. II
Series Description
This series features the works of Don Gillis; hosted by the composer himself. Most of the performances are conducted by the composer.
Broadcast Date
Media type
Composer: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
Host: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 65-36-23 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:13
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