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Of Sailors and Whales
W. Francis McBeth
Of Sailors and Whales is a five-movement work based on scenes from the literary masterpiece Moby-Dick written in 1851 by American novelist Herman Melville (1819-1891). This musical interpretation was composed by W. Francis McBeth in 1990. Each movement begins with a narrated quote from Melville.
W. Francis McBeth (b. 1933) was Professor of Music at Ouachita University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He studied at Hardin-Simmons University, University of Texas and the Eastman School of Music. He is a Past President of the American Bandmasters Association and a contributing editor of The Instrumentalist Magazine and ASCAP. His interest in the wind symphony has been a shaping force in its literature. He is among the most-performed American symphonic wind composers.
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