Fourth of July (Gould)

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Morton Gould

Morton Gould

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General Info

Year: 1948
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Morton Gould wrote several works for band and orchestra in the form of multi-movement suites, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning Stringmusic. Fourth of July comprises the fifth and final movement of Holiday Music, one such suite of short pieces written originally for orchestra and later arranged by the composer for concert band. Each individual movement musically describes a major holiday, from Christmas and Easter to Thanksgiving and Halloween, and Gould even titles some of the movements after iconic American prints and pictures. His intention was to honor both the present-day significance of each of the holidays as well as the grand events and traditions behind their commemoration. The original score provides the notes about Fourth of July: A musical kaleidoscope of the real old-fashioned Fourth of July. One can almost visualize the firecrackers, sky rockets, and pin wheels filling the air with a pattern noise and color. This, together with flags waving, stentorian speechifying, and bands playing, makes for our most exciting national holiday.

- Program Note by Broken Arrow High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 16 December 2015


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Gould, M. [1948]. Fourth of July [score]. G & C Music: New York.