Performing Jonathan Newman's Symphony No. 1: My Hands Are a City

Joseph Corey Francis, University of Southern Mississippi

Abstract

The purpose of this document is to provide analysis for interpretation of and rehearsal suggestions for Jonathan Newman's Symphony No. 1: My Hands Are a City (2009). This document serves as the first significant scholarly work on the entire composition and is intended to be a resource for musicians seeking to gain information about the work. Included in the document is a biography of Jonathan Newman, as well as history concerning the commissioning of Symphony No. 1 , a formal analysis of the work, and insight to conducting concerns. Information was gathered through formal interviews with Jonathan Newman, Jeff Gershman (Associate Director of Bands at Indiana University, and consortium head), review of literature from the Beat Generation, and communication with conductors who have rehearsed and performed the composition in part or in full.