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In Praise of Gentle Pioneers

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David Holsinger

David Holsinger


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General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone (div.)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Holsinger family farm, good, rich, farmland on the Missouri River bottoms, in north central Missouri was homesteaded by my great grandfather in 1840. And since his death in the 1890s, my grandfather and father, both only sons like myself, farmed the same land continually. Only a few years ago, one of the pastures was plowed under to extend acreage for planting. It is remarkable to imagine in this day and age, with all the centuries that have passed, that that particular piece of earth was being tilled for the very first time ever! It is the bond with that strong earth that has nurtured an even stronger sense of heritage in our family.

With the passing of my father in 1995, I had opportunity to reflect upon the pioneers of my family. My father, and my grandfather before him, were men strong in resolve and perseverance, yet humble and gentle with the land on which they lived. They each were men of Christian faith and love ... rugged men who daily battled the frustration of nature's fickleness, yet always willing to put aside the time needed to nurture the family. And that is the reason for this tribute.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media Links


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Georgia: III
  • Indiana: IISSMA JH/MS/ELEM BAND GROUP I
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP III
  • Kansas: II
  • Louisiana: II
  • Michigan: Senior High D
  • Mississippi: IV-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: III
  • Virginia: IV
  • West Virginia: III


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • David Holsinger website Accessed 12 February 2019
  • Holsinger, D. (1996). In Praise of Gentle Pioneers [score]. TRN Music Publisher: Alto, N.M.