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American Guernica

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Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork


General Info

Year: 1982 / 2008
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MMB Music Inc., through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Rental


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo (2 players)
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II-III
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Celesta
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Siren
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tams (2: medium and large)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

American Guernica was written in remembrance of the September 15, 1963, fire-bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, a racially motivated bombing that killed four young girls attending Sunday school (Carol Robertson, 14, Addie Mae Collins, 14, Cynthia Wesley, 14, and Denise McNair, 11), and injured twenty-two others. The elegy for this tragedy was delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King.

The work’s title refers to the famous mural by painter Pablo Picasso, which depicts the bombing of the Basque village Guernica by Nazi German and Fascist Italian warplanes on April 26, 1937, a tragic slaughter of mainly women and children. Hailstork’s score employs spatial notation and extended techniques to recount the bombing, outrage, and aftermath of the American tragedy.

- Program Note from University of Maryland Wind Orchestra concert program, March 10, 2017


Awards

  • Virginia College Band Directors National Contest, 1983, First Prize


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello, conductor) – 8 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Wind Ensemble (Denny Hawkins, conductor) - 10 February 2022
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 22 October 2021
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Bands (Robert Carnachan, conductor) - 2 May 2021
  • Luther College (Decorah, Ia.) Concert Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 21 March 2021
  • Wayne State College (Wayne, Neb.) Wind Ensemble (David Bohnert, conductor) - 23 February 2021
  • Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College Wind Symphony (Chris Miertschin, conductor) - 8 October 2020
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 3 March 2020
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Marc S. Sosnowchek, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • State University of New York Potsdam Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • Santa Clara (Calif.) University Wind Ensemble (Anthony Rivera, conductor) – 23 May 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 16 February 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 28 April 2018
  • Nevada Wind Ensemble (Reno) (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 23 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Western/Northwestern Conference, Rohnert Park, Calif.)
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Miami University (Miami, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Gary A. Speck, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) – 22 February 2018
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 18 November 2017
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Joseph P. Scott, conductor) – 10 March 2017


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Adolphus Hailstork website Accessed 13 February 2020
  • Hailstork, A. (1982). American Guernica: Band (1982) [score]. MMB Music: St. Louis, Mo.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 344.
  • Perusal Score
  • Williams, Cheldon R. "American Guernica." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 513-520. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.