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Don and Barbara Gillis Collection, 1932-1977 | Music Library

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Don and Barbara Gillis Collection, 1932-1977Add to your cart.
ID: 06/002
Primary Creator: Gillis, Don (1912-1978)
Extent: 249.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Organized into four series: (1) Compositions; (2) Papers; (3) Reel-to-reel recordings; and (4) Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend; The Centennial Series.
Subjects: Gillis, Don, 1912-1978, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Air, Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of Don Gillis' compositions and papers, reel-to-reel recordings of many of his compositions and Gillis' discussing his works, and materials related to the series Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend, which Gillis produced. Gillis' wife Barbara oversaw the donation of this collection, and was a lifelong advocate of Mr.Gillis' work.

Gillis' compositions represent his career from the early 1930s through the 1970s, and include sacred, secular, symphonic, and chamber works. His papers include correspondence, papers related to various projects, schedules, reviews, radio scripts, and the Men of Music radio project, teaching materials, writings, additional papers concerning his work, biographical materials, and newspaper clippings.

The reel-to-reel recordings, 50 in all, contain recordings of Gillis' works and Gillis' own description of them. Transcripts are included in Series 3 of the finding aid.

The recordings of Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend and The Centennial Series span the years 1963 through 1967, and with few exceptions, each broadcast is linked individually and available for listening through the UNT Digital Library.

Biographical Note

Born in Cameron, Missouri on June 17, 1912, Don Gillis moved with his family to Texas in 1930. He went on to have some impact on nearly every institution of higher education in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as the University of South Carolina. Gillis studied composition with Don Mixson at Texas Christian University, and then worked as a band director at TCU, a Director of Productions at the WBAP radio station in Fort Worth, a producer for NBC Radio in Chicago, and a producer and script writer for the NBC Symphony Orchestra in New York City, under the direction of Arturo Toscanini.

After the NBC Symphony was disbanded, Gillis played a major role in reconstituting the orchestra as the Symphony of the Air, which participated in a State Department-sponsored tour of Asia. Gillis later served as the vice president of the Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan, and produced the series Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend for NBC Radio.

Gillis returned to Texas and served as chair of the music department of Southern Methodist University in 1967-68, and as the chair of the arts department and director of instructional media at Dallas Baptist College from 1968 until 1973. In 1973, Gillis took the position of Chair of the Institute of Media Arts at the University of South Carolina, where he remained until his death in 1978.

For a more detailed biography, please visit the article "UNT Music Library Celebrates Don Gillis Centennial."

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Accruals: Nine boxes received from the University of Georgia on July 13, 2016.
Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Source: Do​nated to the University of North Texas Music Library by Barbara Gillis after her husband's death in 1978.
Finding Aid Revision History: The current finding aid is an adaptation and re-working of an earlier version of the UNT Libraries' website. Organization and description of the collection has required the dedicated participation of many alumni and former graduate assistants, including Cynthia Beard, Ludwig Carrasco-Curíntzita, and Anna Perkins-Griner.

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Series 5: University of Georgia accrual, July 2016Add to your cart.
 
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 707296.
Item 1: Symphony No. 1Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Symphony No. 2Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: The Man Who Invented MusicAdd to your cart.
 
Item 4: Symphony No. 5Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Symphony No. 5 1/2Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Symphony No. 6Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: Symphony No. 7Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: Symphony No. 8Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: Symphony No. 9: A Star-Spangled SymphonyAdd to your cart.
 
Item 10: Symphony No. 10: Symphony XAdd to your cart.
 
Item 11: TulsaAdd to your cart.
 
Item 12: The ShepherdAdd to your cart.
 
Item 13: The RavenAdd to your cart.
 
Item 14: Alice in OrchestraliaAdd to your cart.
 
Item 15: Down BeatAdd to your cart.
 
Item 16: Rhapsody for Harp and OrchestraAdd to your cart.
 
Item 17: The Encore ConcertoAdd to your cart.
 
Item 18: Four Scenes from YesterdayAdd to your cart.
 
Item 19: The Coming of the KingAdd to your cart.
 
Item 20: Seven Golden TextsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 21: AtlantaAdd to your cart.
 
Item 22: The Libretto, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 23: The Libretto, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 24: Pep Rally, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 25: Pep Rally, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 26: Pep Rally, Part IIIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 27: Thomas Wolfe, AmericanAdd to your cart.
 
Item 28: The AlamoAdd to your cart.
 
Item 29: Three Sketches for StringsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 30: Woodwind Quintet No. 1Add to your cart.
 
Item 31: Woodwind Quintet No. 2Add to your cart.
 
Item 32: Woodwind Quintet No. 3Add to your cart.
 
Item 33: AmarilloAdd to your cart.
 
Item 34: This Is Our AmericaAdd to your cart.
 
Item 35: Portrait of a Frontier TownAdd to your cart.
 
Item 36: Abe Lincoln at Gettysburg - 1863Add to your cart.
 
Item 37: Five Acre PondAdd to your cart.
 
Item 38: Ceremony of AllegianceAdd to your cart.
 
Box 2Add to your cart.
Barcode 707298.
Item 1: Fairy Tales, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Fairy Tales, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 3: Ballet for BandAdd to your cart.
 
Item 4: A Short OvertureAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: Portrait of a City Made of SteelAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: Men of MusicAdd to your cart.
 
Item 7: Paul BunyonAdd to your cart.
 
Item 8: America's Gifted YouthAdd to your cart.
 
Item 9: Waltz in WaltztimeAdd to your cart.
 
Item 10: Dialogue for TromboneAdd to your cart.
 
Item 11: Night Before ChristmasAdd to your cart.
 
Item 12: Strictly for StradsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 13: Cyclometrics OvertureAdd to your cart.
 
Item 14: Recipe in RhythmAdd to your cart.
 
Item 15: January February MarchAdd to your cart.
 
Item 16: Soliloquy for StringsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 17: FootsieAdd to your cart.
 
Item 18: Hymn Song for SundayAdd to your cart.
 
Item 19: UnistrutAdd to your cart.
 
Item 20: Junior Hi Fi MarchAdd to your cart.
 
Item 21: Cracker Barrel MarchAdd to your cart.
 
Item 22: The Mighty MacAdd to your cart.
 
Item 23: Bing Bang BongAdd to your cart.
 
Item 24: Rompin StompAdd to your cart.
 
Item 25: Mister BigAdd to your cart.
 
Item 26: ShindigAdd to your cart.
 
Item 27: Saga of a PioneerAdd to your cart.
 
Item 28: Sinfonia for BrassAdd to your cart.
 
Item 29: Land of WheatAdd to your cart.
 
Item 30: Mandarin DanceAdd to your cart.
 
Item 31: SilhouettesAdd to your cart.
 
Item 32: StreamlinerAdd to your cart.
 
Item 33: RetrospectionAdd to your cart.
 
Item 34: To an Unknown SoldierAdd to your cart.
 
Item 35: Intermission... 10 MinutesAdd to your cart.
 
Item 36: Cathedral SquareAdd to your cart.
 
Item 37: Adoration at EventideAdd to your cart.
 
Item 38: Night SongAdd to your cart.
 
Box 3Add to your cart.
Barcode 707288.
Item 1: Variations on a Kitchen SinkAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Lone StarAdd to your cart.
 
Item 3: Prayer for PeaceAdd to your cart.
 
Item 4: Trumpet QuartetAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: Equitable ScoreAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: Assorted movie cuesAdd to your cart.
 
Item 7: Air Force filmAdd to your cart.
 
Item 8: Music to be Incidental ByAdd to your cart.
 
Item 9: Bridal Suite, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 10: Bridal Suite, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 11: Minuet...ceteraAdd to your cart.
 
Item 12: The Panhandle SuiteAdd to your cart.
 
Item 13: The Wooly WormAdd to your cart.
 
Item 14: Music to Be InterruptedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 15: StorytimeAdd to your cart.
 
Item 16: Music for the BirdsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 17: Bayou SongAdd to your cart.
 
Item 18: Three Time BluesAdd to your cart.
 
Item 19: Amon G. Carter MarchAdd to your cart.
 
Item 20: Touchtone Concerto - DBC [Dallas Baptist College]Add to your cart.
 
Item 21: So They May Also LearnAdd to your cart.
 
Item 22: Rhapsody for TrumpetAdd to your cart.
"Stereo master."
Item 23: Symphonic Poem, 1955Add to your cart.
 
Item 24: Let Us PrayAdd to your cart.
 
Item 25: Lonely CowboyAdd to your cart.
 
Item 26: Concerto No. 2 for pianoAdd to your cart.
 
Item 27: Sad SongAdd to your cart.
 
Item 28: Requiem for a FriendAdd to your cart.
 
Item 29: Little OvertureAdd to your cart.
 
Item 30: Capitol I YorkAdd to your cart.
 
Item 31: Symphony No. 1 for bandAdd to your cart.
 
Item 32: Twinkletoes SuiteAdd to your cart.
 
Item 33: Symphony No. 2 for bandAdd to your cart.
 
Item 34: Concerto for organ and bandAdd to your cart.
 
Item 35: Etude in StereophonicsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 36: Bunker Hill - 1775Add to your cart.
 
Item 37: Tomorrow Is TodayAdd to your cart.
 
Item 38: Psalm 23Add to your cart.
 
Item 39: Boogie in BrassAdd to your cart.
 
Box 4Add to your cart.
Barcode 707297.
Item 1: As It Was in the BeginningAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Devotionals, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 3: Devotionals, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 4: Secret HistoryAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: This Solemn HourAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: MoonmistAdd to your cart.
 
Item 7: J.S. BachAdd to your cart.
 
Item 8: VerdiAdd to your cart.
"2 copies."
Item 9: DvorakAdd to your cart.
"2 copies."
Item 10: Grieg; HandelAdd to your cart.
Music history series, Prof. Don Gillis.
Item 11: KodalyAdd to your cart.
"1 copy."
Item 12: ShostakovichAdd to your cart.
 
Item 13: MendelssohnAdd to your cart.
 
Item 14: RavelAdd to your cart.
"2 copies."
Item 15: Park Avenue Kids, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 16: Park Avenue Kids, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 17: Park Avenue Kids, Part IIIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 18: Chopin; CoplandAdd to your cart.
 
Item 19: Symphony XAdd to your cart.
Air Force Band. Gabriel, conducting.
Item 20: Star Valley Junction Audition, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 21: Star Valley Junction Audition, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 22: Star Valley Junction Audition, Part IIIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 23: Rimsky-Korsakov; RossiniAdd to your cart.
Music history series, Prof. Don Gillis.
Item 24: The Nazarene, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 25: The Nazarene, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 26: Capitol I York - 2 cutsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 27: Instant Replay, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 28: Instant Replay, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 29: The Gift of the MagiAdd to your cart.
 
Item 30: The Man Who Invented Music - Air ForceAdd to your cart.
 
Item 31: Joyful, Part IAdd to your cart.
 
Item 32: Joyful, Part IIAdd to your cart.
 
Item 33: Symphony No. 5 1/2Add to your cart.
 
Item 34: Arturo Toscanini: A Portrait of a CenturyAdd to your cart.
 
Item 35: GillisAdd to your cart.
"2 copies."
Item 36: GershwinAdd to your cart.
"2 copies."
Item 37: Schubert; SibeliusAdd to your cart.
20:10. Music history series, Prof. Don Gillis.
Item 38: Taylor; TchaikovskyAdd to your cart.
Music history series, Prof. Don Gillis.

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