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You're listening to music by Don give us. Now's the time as they say on typewriters to come to the party and the party you're invited to come to the aid of is me Don Gillis who is the now time whose aide and so forth is speaking to you from the division of music of the School of the arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. And you are the party coming to the aid of me are doing so by promising us the use of your ear drums for a full 30 minute period so that the national educational radio network may bring you said music by Don give us the music we're going to hear first it's called a symphonic portrait in oil. It was commissioned by the First National Bank of Tulsa Oklahoma and was first performed by the Tulsa Philharmonic under the baton of Arthur Brown. Later Mr Brown recorded the score in Vienna. And if you'd like to gather closer to your
loudspeaker I'll tell you a yarn about how if it hadn't been for him World War 3 might have been declared right smack in the middle of a piece named Tulsa. It seems that at the beginning of the second section of tolls are there some gun shots which represent the opening of the Oklahoma territory. And it also seems that Mr. Brown did his recording in Vienna at Brahms Aulus directly across the street from the Soviet high command headquarters and that ben occupied city the day before the recording the provost marshal of the United States high command was asked for some blank cartridges to fire at the recording session. Now whether or not rumors caused it or whether it was pure coincidence the very next morning when the musicians came to work there were a number of tanks and armored cars in front of the Soviet building with their guns lowered and pointing directly at Rahm's office. The orchestra men beg Mr. Brown not to fire the blank cartridges for fear the already powder keg atmosphere would erupt when the trigger happy troops heard
gunfire. So he eliminated the gunshots and thus postponed world war 3 for at least up to now. Now with all of this in mind it seems to me you're rather obligated to stay tuned in to hear toasts of a symbolic portrait in oil. Or.
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know unless you know I'm on with. It and are now a small. Symphonic portrait played by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by the brown next music woodwind quintet from my quintet number three called five piece combo. The slogan titled take blue. Music by Don give us continues now as we hear a recording made especially for this broadcast series by
Colonel Samuel Arlo Botha and the United States Army Band with Specialist Richard Stone when I was a soloist Colonel Botha conducts. This is our America. Are nine hundred nine hundred. Better than a dictator
where you want. Me. Day a week.
And they're out. Get that. United. Leave me.
There are people right. In my area. Ditto owner.
The owner drawer. First Richard Stillman has just with the United States Army Band and army under the baton of Colonel Samuel R. Lobo to bring us to the end of this week's broadcast of music by Don. Next week our program will be devoted to the Symphony Number Six title of the century and your most cordially invited to be with us and this program has been brought on the radio network and. So long until next week.
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The music of Don Gillis III
Episode Number
Producing Organization
Southern Methodist University
Contributing Organization
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program features "Tulsa, A Symphonic Portrait in Oil;" "Quintet No. 3 for Woodwinds;" and "This Is Our America."
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
Performing Group: Wiener Philharmoniker
Performing Group: United States Army Band
Producer: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
Producing Organization: Southern Methodist University
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-39-14 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:40
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