Morton Gould was an American musical phenomenon, equally at home in classical, crossover and film genres, and the recipient of both GRAMMY and Pulitzer awards during his long and distinguished career. The Symphonettes represent Gould's best crossover work - the 'Symphonette No. 4' deriving its character from Latin-American dance forms to make it one of his most popular compositions. The first movement of 'Symphonette No. 3' has been described as a collection of dance band licks, full of bent notes and syncopations, and the central 'Pavanne' of 'Symphonette No. 2' with its bluesy trumpet motif is one of Gould's biggest hits. 'Spirituals for Orchestra' utilizes the strings as a choir, with antiphonal responses in the rest of the orchestra.