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You're listening to music by Don Gillis and this is Daniel was sitting in front of this microphone dry eyed but nonetheless sad because this is the final program of our series a series which has been brought to you by the national educational radio network. Last week I told you that I would schedule some of my own favorite compositions from among the things I've written and I wish the program were about six days long instead of only a brief half hour or I'm inclined to be like the composer who thinks his favorite work is the one he's listening to at the moment. Nonetheless I did go through a list of scores I've written and decided on a few that I like especially well and hope you like them too. And we'll begin with the work that sort of personifies me ranch house party from Portrait of a frontier town. WAY WAY WAY
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because it was one of the first of my compositions that got itself rather widely played and because it did it lead the way for other works to be called to the attention of conductors. Here's to another favorite but for an entirely different reason. I just plain like it. It's called Tango lullaby. Yeah.
Yeah. Tango lullaby from the twinkle toes sweet the second of six favorite compositions written by
Daniel Rose who having written it still likes it. Next we're going to hear a sort of lopsided Waltz from my dance symphony. It is as scared so in the sense that the word scared to imply humor and music and its title waltz of sorts. And. A low. In the lead. Thank you.
You're listening to music by Don give us an on this program we're playing my own particular favorites from among my almost 200 compositions. The one we just heard was called Waltz of sorts for my dance symphony. And the one we're about to hear is indeed one of the ones I like best. It's the slow movement from the same symphony and to me it's a sort of a wonderful
representation of that quiet happy time when day is done and you're all by yourself in an astonishing mood a bit more openly and very content with both life and living and it's called Deep Blues. Deep Blues from the dance Symphony the dance symphony by the way is Symphony
Number 8 or as I sometimes say have eaten into the official chronology of symphony numbers which are included in the catalogue which was come to think of it sort of hard in number chronologically because symphony five and a half kept getting in the way. But we'll get to music from Symphony five and a half later on this program of my favorites which is on this last broadcast and sort of do it yourself worship kit. Anyway I figured that as a final program you just might be interested to know which of my own tunes were my favorites Besides all of them that is one particular favorite of mine is the final movement of portrait of a frontier town and it's called Main Street. Saturday night. Thank. You.
Thank you. Thank. You. Illa.
Illa. Illa. That was Main Street Saturday night from the porch of a frontier town written by Don
Gallo's who is sitting here as Pogo might say with a lump in my throat sad and wistful and sorry that this is the final program of my current broadcast series. And on this last program I've been playing music that I especially like and I suppose I like it because for one reason or another I feel that it sort of represents me both as a man and as a composer. I have a sort of out of step attitude toward my music you know out of step that is in the attitudes I see around me evidence by some of my brother and in this music reading business. I'm not for instance a member of the of armed guard that is I don't write music that's bogged down with esoteric systems and high sounding mathematical concepts. I'm not a serial as I'm not a computer type writer. I'm just me and out of my experiences as a man and out of the craft that I've assembled over a good many years. I try to put on paper the things that I think I would like to hear. And the result is my music for better or for worse I figured that if Talent is God given when all to take God into the
picture now and then. And that beauty should be a major component in acknowledgment of the gratitude for having received talent. So one sense of beauty develops as one develops as a person and is reflected in his music as naturally as everything else he does. Now don't misunderstand me I'm not setting myself up as any massive figure of 20th century writing. I'm only trying to say that I have written as I wanted to write according to what I am as a person and as a creator. And during these weeks of asking you to share the results of my experience in a thing called music all of which winds up this excursion into philosophy which is good because I'm a better composer than I am a philosopher. Since this is the last program and it's time now for the last number on the last program I will end our weeks together with what is certainly one of my most frequently played pieces and indeed perhaps the favorite of all for me the slow movement from Symphony 5 and I have
a spiritual. The.
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The spiritual from somebody five and a half was the final music on the final broadcast of music by Don give us a series which has been brought to you over some 70 stations of the national educational radio network a series which has I hope caused us to be friends through our Electronic Association and a series for which I am deeply grateful because it has been an opportunity for me to let you hear the notes I've written and as I prepared to leave I thank you personally for your graciousness in listening to the stations who have carried this program I also give my thanks and let's see who else. Well I guess it would take too much time to mention all of the artists and performers whose contributions have made this series possible. But I'd like to. For what good are notes and most performers use them. Well perhaps we'll meet again
around a microphone or radio set one day and when we do you will know it's me because I'll be saying you are listening to music by Don give us good bye. This is the National Education already on network.
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The music of Don Gillis
The composer's favorites
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
Don Gillis plays his own favorite compositions and explains why.
Series Description
This series features the works of Don Gillis; hosted by the composer himself. Most of the performances are conducted by the composer.
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Composer: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
Host: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 64-24-26 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:05
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