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You're listening to music by Don Gillis and this is done give us saying welcome once again to our informal sessions presented each week by the national educational radio network. For those of you who may be joining us for the first time let me say that on this program we feature music which I have written my voice speaks the words you are presently hearing. And on occasion I conduct some of the music you will hear. I once referred to the show as an instant fame kit. But actually I like to think of it more as a do it yourself get acquainted package in which we share a sort of mutual responsibility that is I do the performing and you do the listening. All of which seems rather fair and we are proceeding to get the 4th broadcast underway by letting you know exactly what is going to happen in the way of a musical menu. First we will hear music from my symphonic suite portrait of a frontier town. Our appetizer as it were then a follow up with a leisurely portion of a slow melody called Tango a lullaby which perhaps we might consider to be the soups or the hen for the main entree awork I had ventured to say that you haven't heard before
called for scenes from yesterday. And now if you'll excuse me out become a conductor for two minutes and 35 seconds. While we enjoyed Texas style music recorded by a London orchestra ranch house party. With.
That was ranch house party portrait of a frontier town the opening number one program number four of music by Don gave us the music was recorded in London by the new symphony orchestra with the composer conducting. Next we're going to hear music from the most unsuccessful ballet ever written. It was called Twinkle Toes and the ballet was based on an original story of mine that turned out not to be so original after all. And so because I didn't want to come down with a bad case of plagiarism I scrap the work altogether as a ballet Saving Time for the critics and embarrassment for me. But I did salvage some of the material I had written and so it's one success as a ballet at least to produce some short and frequently performed pieces. And the one that we're going to hear now is called Tango lullaby. Tango lullaby from Twinkle Toes played by the orchestra the camara of Rome
music by Don Gillis continues now with the score especially recorded for performance on this broadcast series by Dr. George C. Wilson then the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra. The music is titled four scenes from yesterday and is a suite of four short pieces written about my home town of Cameron Missouri. I've used a different woodwind solo us in each of the four movements and each movement represents a specific memory of my boyhood days. The basic orchestra is made up of strings percussion harp piano until last the first movement is for flute and takes its title from the name of the street on which I grew up in Cameron North Harris. You're listening to four scenes from yesterday and the first movement was titled North
Paris. We continue now with a solo for all both from the same sweet courthouse where I. You're.
In the. Why.
Courthouse Square from four scenes from yesterday with Dr. George C. Wilson conducting the young musicians of the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra. The third movement of the suite features the clarinet and is called from a winter's dream. Were.
You are. Were the music was from a winter's dream. We will conclude for scenes from yesterday now with a dance that typifies the title using the bassoon as our soloist and Brushy Creek it. Dr. George C. Wilson and the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra with students all of us
have just been heard in four scenes from yesterday. The movement title is where North Harris Courthouse Square from a winter's dream and Rush Creek Dr. Wilson prepared this performance especially for broadcast on this occasion. And our thanks go to him and to his fine young musicians. Earlier we heard ranch house party from Portrait of a frontier town and tango lullaby from the Twinkletoes suite. Next week we will again bring you a variety of performance groups as we hear the marching triumphal sound from my Symphony Number Six prairie sunset from Portrait of a frontier town. The second suite for woodwind quintet and to conclude a whopping brass band march called Mr. Big. In the weeks to come we will continue to bring you an assortment of sounds from the rather tremendous collection of performances of my music. I've been very lucky you know for during the years a lot of people have played my music and because they did I'm able to bring their performances to you on this series. Being a composer you know is rewarding in
direct ratio to the satisfaction of creation and to the use of such creative effort. I'm not talking about financial rewards but rather of that inner feeling of gratification that comes from being useful to do and then to know that what you have done serves a purpose. This is the great reward and one has a feeling of usefulness that is justification for all of the patient hours of work and waiting. Yes I am lucky. For in this instance I have you two have been writing for thank you for being on the other end of my manuscript and music paper. Music I don't get was is produced for the national educational radio network by Riverdale productions and is directed by Keith Donaldson. This is done it goes saying thank you for listening and good bye until next time. This is the national educational radio network.
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The Music of Don Gillis II
Portrait of a Frontier Town and more
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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: Portrait of a Frontier Town; Tango Lullaby; and Four Scenes from Yesterday.
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: 65-36-4 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:13
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