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Symphony IV (Gould)

From Wind Repertory Project
Morton Gould

Morton Gould


The work bears the nickname “West Point.”


General Info

Year: 1952
Duration: 20:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schirmer Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $110.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Movements

1. Epitaphs - 11:35
2. Marches - 8:25


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II (both double piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Marching Machine
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Bells
  • Xylophone

Errata

Baritone TC: Mvt. 1, bar 136. Time signature of 4/4 missing.


Program Notes

Gould's fourth symphony was composed for the West Point Sesquicentennial Celebration, marking 150 years of progress at the United States Military Academy. One of the first landmark symphonies composed specifically for wind band, Gould's Symphony No. 4 is a two-movement masterwork. Gould employs both traditional and modern techniques, adeptly changing colors and styles to engage the listener. He even calls for a marching machine in the first movement.

The composer writes,

The first movement, Epitaphs, is both lyrical and dramatic. The quiet and melodic opening statement of the main theme leads directly into a broad and noble exposition of one of the motifs, becoming a passacaglia [a musical form based on continuous variations over a ground bass] based on a martial theme first stated by the tuba. After a series of variations which grow in intensity, the opening lyricism, combined with the passacaglia motif and an allusion to Taps, makes a quiet but dissonant closing to the first movement. “The second and final movement is lusty and gay in character. The texture is a stylization of marching tunes that parades past in an array of embellishments and rhythmic variants. At one point there is a simulation of a fife and drum corps which, incidentally, was the instrumentation of the original West Point Band. After a brief transformed restatement of the themes in the first movement, the work finishes in a virtuoso coda of martial fanfares and flourishes.”

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


The second movement, titled Marches, is a brilliant but subtle paraphrase on marches and marching. The various tunes parade past in an array of embellishments and rhythmic variations. At the beginning of the movement, and in later sections as well, the wind instruments play figures which suggest typical snare drum rhythms. At one point a simulation of a fife and drum corps recalls the instrumentation of the original West Point Band. After numerous transformations of the principal marching motif the work ends in a virtuoso coda of martial fanfares and flourishes.

- Program Note from the North Shore Senior High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 22 December 2017


This symphony was composed for the West Point Sesquicentennial Celebration, marking 150 years of progress at the United States Military Academy. The composer was invited to contribute a composition for this event by the Academy and Major Francis E. Resta, commanding officer of the United States Military Band and director of music at the Academy.

Composed during the months of January and February 1952, this symphony was first performed on April 13th of that year at the Academy, with the composer conducting the United States Military Academy Band.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • California: VI, Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI; masterworks
  • Iowa: V
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: V
  • Massachusetts: V
  • Michigan: AA
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • New York: VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Texas: V
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: SC Band Masterworks
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Wind Symphony (Rebecca Phillips, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • East Tennessee (Johnson City) State University Wind Ensemble (Joe Moore, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 5 February 2019
  • University of Texas, El Paso, Wind Symphony (Bradley Genevro, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor) – 28 September 2018
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 10 March 2018
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Symphony Band (Matthew Sypek, conductor) - 27 February 2018
  • North Shore Senior High School (Houston, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Shane Goforth, conductor) - 22 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 3 December 2017
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Tonya Mitchell, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Kennesaw (Ga. ) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 25 September 2017
  • The Hartt Symphony Band (West Hartford, Conn.) (John Hart, conductor) – 6 May 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Campus Band (Brian Diller, conductor) – 1 May 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) – 13 April 2017
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 4 March 2017
  • University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 10 February 2017
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 10 December 2016
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble (Rochester, N.Y.) (Donald Hunsberger, conductor) – 15 March 1963


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Gould, M. (1952). Symphony for Band [score]. G. Schirmer: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 942-951.
  • Nicholson, Chad. (2009). Great Music for Wind Band: A Guide to the Top 100 Works in Grades IV, V, VI. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications. pp 38-39
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 245.