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Morton Gould

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Symphony for Band (West Point Symphony or Symphony No. 4) (1952)
G&C Music Corporation
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Concert Band
Year Composed
16 Minutes

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  • Ensemble
    University of Georgia Wind Symphony
    Frederic Mills (Trumpet)
    H. Dwight Satterwhite, John N. Culvahouse
    Summit Records:
But the real surprise came in Morton Gould’s Symphony No. 4 (“West Point”), a work written for the West Point band in 1952 and performed by it here under Colonel Holtan. As Sgt. First Class Jason Ham, a euphonium player in the band, explained from the stage, Gould’s idea, inspired partly by the cemetery on the West Point grounds, was to evoke the Long Gray Line, the generations of Army soldiers on parade. A somber first movement, “Epitaphs,” gives way to the second and last, “Marches.” At one point a marching machine, a wooden contraption, is deployed to depict the clomping of multitudes, and the effect was deeply moving.
James Oestreich, The New York Times,7/2/2010
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