City Symphony

From Wind Repertory Project
David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 2001-09
Duration: c. 21:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music

Each of the three movements is published separately, which see, below.


1. Cityscape I (Festive Hours Neon Night)
2. Cityscape II (Lonely Hours Anguished Night)
3. Cityscape III (Morning Hours Salvation Light)


See individual movements.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Just as my Easter Symphony was written over a five-year period, the City Symphony was begun in 2001 and the third movement completed in the fall of 2007.

On a trip to Hofstra University in 2001, my arrival destination was the sometimes scary, but always aviationally historic LaGuardia Airport. The magnificent view of New York City harbor and the pass by Manhattan up the East River is the most magnificent seven-minute view imaginable. The inspirational panorama of the Statue of Liberty and the density of New York City is incredible from a few thousand feet overhead.

And although it took me seven years to get it on paper, these three movements were born out of the desire to imagine a celebration of the interplay of concrete, steel, and people over a hypothetical 14-hour period of “city” time.

The three Cityscapes comprise a City Symphony that is intended to be my impression of “any day” in the life of this city. It is my imaginary portrait. It is not meant to be a political statement or a tribute, however deserved, of past tragedies. I can understand how some of the words chosen for the titles would evoke such perceptions. However, the music is meant to be, in its most straightforward concept, a celebration of the interplay of concrete, steel and people over a hypothetical 18 hour period of time.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.

Works for Winds by This Composer