The Symphony for Band of Donald E. McGinnis: A guide for conductors

by Saunders, Matthew Charles

Abstract (Summary)
Dr. Donald E. McGinnis (born 1917) composed his Symphony for Band as his doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa in 1953. A consideration of the harmonic language and structure of the piece reveals that it utilizes compositional techniques appropriate to the time and scope of the work. Its historical context in the development of the symphony for wind band/ensemble places it in a cohort of pieces by Morton Gould, Paul Hindemith and Vincent Persichetti. The 1977 published edition did not include a movement that appeared in McGinnis’ original conception of the piece, the "Solemn Tune." That movement and an errata list for the 1977 score and parts represent an important step toward assuring this piece the place it deserves in the repertoire.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The Ohio State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:mcginnis donald symphony for band music twelve tone hindemith paul schoenberg arnold errata list


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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