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The Americans

from Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City
Duration: 7'

Commissioned by:
California State University-Stanislaus—Andrew McMahan/Stuart Sims
Coppell High School—Scott Mason
Drury University—Christopher Koch
Eastern Illinois University—Milton Allen
Flower Mound High School—Rob Myers
Indiana University—Stephen W. Pratt
James Logan High School—Ramiro Barrera
Kurashiki Sakuyo University Wind Philharmony—James Ripley
Kutztown University—Jeremy Justeson
Middle Tennessee State University—Reed Thomas
Mona Shores High School—Jason Boyden
Ridgewood Concert Band—Christian Wilhjelm
St. Charles East High School—Jim Kull
Stephen F. Austin University—Fred Allen
Texas A&M University-Commerce—Phil Clements
Texas State University—Rodney C. Schueller
The Florida State University—Richard Clary
The University of North Carolina-Greensboro—Kevin Geraldi
University of Evansville—Kenneth Steinsultz
University of Nebraska-Lincoln—Carolyn Barber
University of Oklahoma—William K. Wakefield
University of Portland—Patrick Murphy
Consortium organized by Jeffrey D. Gershman, Indiana University

3Fl, 2Ob(2.dbEHn), 2Cl, BCl, 2Bsn, 3Tpt, 4Hn, 2Trb, BTrb, Tba, Cb, Pno

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Score available for sale from OK Feel Good Music. Score also available for print on demand.

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

The second movement takes its title from Beat photographer Robert Frank's powerful collection, The Americans. In 1955, Frank traveled the country taking extraordinary photos of a nation that is actually many nations. This movement does not “describe” any of the individual photos, but rather is an attempt at an overall musical picture of the paradoxical America Frank saw: diverse, yet uniform; determined, yet lost; sated, yet unsatisfied.

Performances of this movement remain exclusive to the commissioners until March 2010.

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

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