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Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City

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My Hands Are a City

from Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City
Duration: 14'

Commissioned by:
California State University-Stanislaus—Stuart Sims
Eastern Illinois University—Milton Allen
Florida International University—Greg Martin
Middle Tennessee State University—Reed Thomas
Ridgewood Concert Band—Christian Wilhjelm
Rutgers University—William Berz
St. Charles East High School—Jim Kull
Texas A&M University-Commerce—Jeffrey D. Gershman
Texas State University—Rodney C. Schueller
Texas Tech University—Sarah McKoin
The Florida State University—Richard Clary
The Univeristy of Alabama—Kenneth Ozzello
The Univeristy of North Carolina-Greensboro—Kevin Geraldi
The University of Georgia—John Lynch
University of Nebraska-Lincoln—Carolyn Barber
University of Wisconsin-Madison—Scott Teeple
Williams College—Steven Bodner
Consortium organized by Jeffrey D. Gershman, Texas A&M University-Commerce

3Fl(3.db Picc), 2Ob(2.db EHn), EbCl, 3Cl, BCl, CbCl, 2Bsn, SSax, ASax, TSax, BSax, 4Tpt, 4Hn, 2Trb, BTrb, Euph, Tba, Cb, El.Gtr, Pno/Cel, Timp, 6Perc (Glock / Crot / Vibr / Mar / TubBells/ RideCym / SusCym / ChinCym / CrCym / SplashCym / Piat / Tri / T-Tam / 3MixBowls / SD / 2BD)

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Note excerpted from Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City.

The final movement, My Hands Are a City, titled after a 1955 Gregory Corso poem, overflows with mid-Century American vernacular. Altered progressions from bebop tunes, and stretched out, frozen, and suspended solos from Lester Young and Charlie Parker recordings all fill out the work. In its larger scope and breadth, the movement is a summing up of the symphony's themes, both poetic and musical.

An errata list is available to correct early editions of this work.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble, Mills Concert Hall, Madison, WI, Scott Teeple, conductor - Apr 30 2010

Stanislaus Wind Ensemble, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock CA, Stuart Sims, conductor - May 16 2008