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  Founder: Len Mullenger

b Cameron. Missouri, 17 June 1912
d Columbia, South Carolina, 10 January 1978, aged sixty-five

He played trumpet and trombone in school bands. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1936. From 1944 he was programme arranger for the NBC in New York; from 1967 to 1968, chairman of the music department at the Southern Methodist University; and from 1968 to 1972, chairman of fine arts at Dallas Baptist College. He was a radio scriptwriter as well as a composer.

1936 (24)

Four Moods in Three Keys, for chamber orchestra

1937 (25)

The Woolyworm, symphonic satire

The Panhandle, suite for orchestra

Thoughts Provoked on Becoming a Prospective Papa, suite for orchestra

The Crucifixion, for solo voices, narrator, chorus and orchestra

1938 (26)

The Raven, for narrator and orchestra

1939 40 (27-8)

Symphony No 1 An American Symphony

1940 (28)

Portrait of a Frontier Town, suite for orchestra

Symphony No 2, Symphony of Faith

Symphony No 3, A Symphony of Free Men (1940-1)

1941 (29)

The Night Before Christmas, for narrator and orchestra

1942 (30)

Three Sketches for strings

1943 (31)

Prairie Poem, for orchestra

Symphony No 4

1944 (32)

A Short Overture to an Unwritten Opera, for orchestra

The Alamo, symphonic poem

Symphony No 5 (1944-5)

1945 (33)

To an Unknown Soldier, symphonic poem

1945-7 (31-5)

Symphony No 5, A Symphony for Fun

1947 (35)

Symphony No 6

Dude Ranch, for orchestra

Three Short Pieces for strings

1948 (36)

Symphony No 7, Saga of a Prairie School

1950 (38)

Symphony No 8, The Man Who Invented Music, for narrator and orchestra

1957 (45)

Tulsa, for orchestra

1966 (54)

Piano Concerto No 2

1970 (58)

The Nazarene, opera

1973 (61)

Behold the Man, opera

Let Us Pray, choral

Gillis also composed:

Symphonies No 9-12

A short, short symphony

Six string quartets

Two sonatinas for four trumpets

Shindig, ballet

The Park Avenue Kids, opera

The Gift of the Magi, opera

Pep Rally, opera

The Legend of Star Valley Junction, opera

Atlanta, orchestral suite

Twinkletoes, orchestral suite

Four Scenes from Yesterday, orchestral suite

Amarillo, for orchestra

Alice in Orchestralia, for narrator and orchestra

Thomas Wolfe, American, for narrator and orchestra

Toscanini, a Portrait of a Century, for narrator and orchestra

A Ceremony of Allegiance, for narrator and orchestra

His Name was John, for narrator and orchestra

The Answer, for narrator and orchestra

Other choral and piano works

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