Symphony for Band (McGinnis)
Date: 1953, revised c. 1964, published 1977
Duration: c. 17:00; c. 20:00 with unpublished movement
Rating: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cara Press; "Solemn Tune" in manuscript only
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00 | Score Only - $8.00
1. March and Chorale
2. Variations on Three Notes
(4. Solemn Tune)
- Instruments in [square brackets] appear only in the unpublished "Solemn Tune."
B-flat Clarinets I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass [sic] Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophones I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpets I-II
F Horns I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Bass Drum
- Gong (Tam-Tam)
- Snare Drum
- Tubular Bells (Chimes)
- Errata are extensive in this piece. A full list of errata in both score and parts is available as part of this DMA document, authored by Matthew Saunders.
Dr. Donald McGinnis (1917-2016) served on the faculty of The Ohio State University as conductor and professor of woodwinds from 1941 until his retirement in 1979.
The Symphony for Band was McGinnis' doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa in 1953, and was composed under the supervision of Phillip Greely Clapp (1888-1954). McGinnis was, in part, responding to the trend at the time for composing and commissioning large-scale works for the concert band. The language of the piece is a synthesis of twentieth-century techniques, including a partial use of 12-tone serialism in the outer movements. The piece is at turns colorful, highly technical and lyrical, and at an early performance, Percy Aldridge Grainger commented on the high quality of the work. McGinnis originally composed his Symphony for Band in five movements, but dropped the fourth movement, Solemn Tune, in a revision of the piece in the mid-1960s, and when the piece was published in 1977, this movement was left out. Research by Matthew Saunders brought this missing movement to light, and Dr. Saunders made score and parts for this movement available to any interested performing groups.
- Program Note by Matthew Saunders
None discovered thus far.
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 2 November 2017
- The Ohio State University Wind Symphony (Russel Mikkelson, conductor) - 27 October 2005
- University of Iowa Concert Band (Myron Welch, conductor) - October 2006
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Symphony for Band (McGinnis) (1953/1964/1977)
- McGinnis, D. (1977). Symphony for Band [score]. Cara Publications: [s.l.]
- Saunders, Matthew C. (2007) The Symphony for Band of Donald E. McGinnis: An Analysis and Errata. DMA Document, The Ohio State University.
- Saunders, Matthew C. (2009) The Symphony for Band of Donald E. McGinnis: An Overview. Journal of Band Research, 45:1, 7-26.
- Titus, Jaime R. (2005) The Professional Life of Donald E. McGinnis, PhD. DMA Document, The Ohio State University.