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Morton Gould

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Spirituals (1961)
G&C Music Corporation
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
20 Minutes
Programme Note
Morton Gould Spirituals (1961)

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  • 03 NOV 2011
    Blackheath Halls, London
    Trinity Sinfonia
  • 15 FEB 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Institute Of Music
    Carl Topilow, conductor
  • 18 JUN 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Dallas Symphony
    Rei Hotoda, conductor
  • 18 FEB 2010
    Toledo, OH
    Toledo Symphony
    Chelsea Tipton , conductor
  • 14 FEB 2010
    Orchestrina Chur
    Heinz Girschweiler, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21 February - Germany
  • 14 FEB 2010
    Sent, Switzerland
    Orchestrina Chur
    Heinz Girschweiler, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 February - Chur, Switzerland
    21 February - Thusis, Switzerland
  • 29 JAN 2010
    Liberty, MO
    Liberty Public Schools
    Mary Lou Jones, conductor
  • 18 JAN 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia Orchestra
    Thomas Wilkins, conductor
  • 05 JUL 2009
    Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Orchestra
    Tito Munoz, conductor
  • 07 JUN 2009
    Columbus, OH
    First Community Church
    Ronald Jenkins, conductor

The music that leaped out at listeners was Gould's Spirituals in Five Movements and Ellington's Three Black Kings. Smart, concise, alternately soothing and shattering, always sincere: Gould's orchestral writing represents everything good and important in the American urban sensibility by hint of exceptional craftsmanship. Popular music is transformed. Ellington's piece reorganizes symphony orchestra sound. Strings are busy but largely subservient to winds and percussion. One was fascinated by the elegance of this music, the fastidious attention to every sonority, the love of delicacy even in emphatic moments.
Bernard Holland, The New York Times,1/1/0001
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