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You're listening to music by Don give us. This is done give us music is being listened to and whose voice it is you hear when you hear each week that you are listening to music by Don Gillis. This week we're going to present precisely 25 minutes and 37 seconds of my Sixth Symphony. And you may double check that figure if you like and I'm sure it will come out exactly as I said. Give or take a take or so. My Sixth Symphony is the one which got interrupted so that I could finish five and a half and it gets rather complicated to explain except that I had already written the first two limits of the work you're about to hear. When I got the idea for symphony five and a half the music I thought of for a number of five and a half didn't relate at all to the music in progress which I had already labeled number six. So I put the sixth.
Sighed and finished the symphony for fun and after the interruption went back to my other unfinished as yet symphony and proceeded to finish that one up to now it may be that when symphony 5 and a half was orbited into a perpetual motion by my a sort of skinny an Arthur Fiedler that number 6. Well it just sort of lay around on the shelf and probably resented the whole thing. I would have I know if I had been on my way to fame and glory only to be put aside by a fractional symphony called Five and a half. Perhaps this is the reason that I'm a bit partial to number 6. Not that I'm feeling sorry for it but rather like it shorter predecessor is a bit mixed up itself. What started out to be a classical type of work profound even you might say. And after its interruption ended up with two final movements in much the same vein as symphony five and a half. So I suppose it is doomed to wander around in a sort of limbo and unless of course you all rise up in one great clamor for it to take its rightful place along with the other symphonies you
sometimes hear played on the radio. So here it is now four movements which make up my Sixth Symphony a work I subtitled America mid century and now since I seem to be telling all of this in a do it yourself confessional kit. Let me say that it subtitle came about many because it was getting near mid-century when I finished it. There are no individual movement titles no programs no hidden meaning psychotic or otherwise to the mid-century title not even a fraction to give it a title something easy to remember it by. Let's hear it played now for us by the National High School Symphony Orchestra in a lochan conducted by the composer. The Symphony Number Six mid-century America by Don give us.
No. Way.
I was. On. The air.
The third. Birthday third.
The third. The third. The sofa. The to. The to.
Yeah. Yeah.
It'll. North.
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The music of Don Gillis III
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Producing Organization
Southern Methodist University
Contributing Organization
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program features Symphony No. VI ("America Mid-Century").
Other 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
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-39-15 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:37
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