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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

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General Info

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Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Years ago, during the 1980s, I began a project to compose a three-piece “Forbarsti Tryplych” to honor, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, the three driving individuals of the University of Kansas band program. I actually completed two of them, the first being a tribute to Robert E Foster, director of bands, with a piece entitled The Armies of the Omnipresent Otserf, which went on to win the 1982 ABA Ostwald Award. The second piece, In the Court of H’Tamis M’dot for assistant director Thomas Stidham was completed, and as is the case with some compositions, had its premiere and last performance on the same concert! Just as well, since I was not particularly happy with it. The third piece just didn’t get started.

However, that second composition had an opening 30+ measures I always liked, so in the later months of my stroke recovery, I decided to salvage that opening and see where it might lead me, some 37 years later. Being somewhat a musical creature of habit, that solemn “ancient” polyphony developed into a thematic variation “dance” section. My creative brain has become so predictable. If it wasn’t so much fun, it would be pitiful!

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  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 8 October 2019

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