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This piece is dedicated to Dr. Harry Begian, whose suggestion to Reed for developing a large-scale instrumental work based on Armenian folk songs led to his Armenian Dance suites. The songs were collected by eminent Armenian ethnomusicologist Gomidas Vartabed. Giligia is based on a song by Gomidas whose lyrics speak of lost childhood, home and memories of the past. Recast here as a work for full wind orchestra, Reed has expanded the melodic line and its harmonies, extolling the beauties and glories of an emotionally rich life. Premiered in Japan in 2000, it was first performed in America in December of that year with Dr. Begian conducting. This song seemed an appropriate choice to present today in order to honor Alfred Reed, whose distinguished career as world-renowned conductor and composer of more than 250 works for band ended with his death in September. --James Huff 00:12, March 26, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)

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