The band music of Don Gillis : an annotated catalog

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William Enrico Fry (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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John Locke

Abstract: Don Gillis (1912-1978) was a prolific band composer who combined his compositional efforts in all media with successful careers as an educator, arts administrator, media specialist, and radio producer. Particularly noteworthy was a close professional relationship with Arturo Toscanini while Gillis was employed as the NBC Symphony Program Producer from 1944 to 1954. During his career, Gillis published over sixty original band compositions and transcriptions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the band compositions of Don Gillis. The goal of the study was twofold: (1) to produce an annotated catalog of Don Gillis's band music and (2) to present a biographical sketch of Don Gillis focusing on his composition of works for band. This study offers a survey of over sixty band compositions by Don Gillis. Each composition entry is listed alphabetically and consists of the title, date, dedication, publisher, duration, recording, and author's notes. The works are available either through commercial publishers or from the Gillis family. The biographical section examines events in Gillis's life and influences on his compositional style.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1991
Gillis, Don, $d 1912-1978
Band music $x Analysis, appreciation
Composition (Music)

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