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Don Gillis

Don Gillis (arr. Glenn Bainum)

The work is the second movement of the composer's Symphony No 5 1-2

General Info

Year: 1947 / 1954
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Full Score
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Many of Gillis's titles are in a whimsical vein, for example the fraction of this symphony's title (composed between his fifth and sixth symphonies), and its subtitle A Symphony for Fun. The four movements are named Perpetual Emotion, Spiritual?, Scherzofrenia, and Conclusion.

The slow movement was first transcribed for band by Glenn Cliffe Bainum. Spiritual? features tone color and expressive performance, whereas rhythmic variety and tempo are important in the other three movements.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class DCC
  • Arkansas: III
  • Iowa: IV
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete


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