Liturgical Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
David Holsinger

David Holsinger

Subtitle: Benedicamus socii Domine

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 7:500
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $180.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
Condensed Score
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.20: A-flat should be A-natural.
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.173: B-sharp should be B-natural.
  • Cornet III, m.92: A-natural should be A-flat.
  • Cornet III, m.140: A-natural should be A-flat.
  • Trumpet II, m.140: A-natural should be A-flat.
  • Horn in F II, last measure: C should remain sharp.
  • Piano, m.2, beat 1: Up a third to A.
  • Piano, m.23, beat 4: Up a third to high G.

Program Notes

Liturgical Dances was commissioned by the Beta Mu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia to celebrate 75 years at Central Methodist College. It was premiered by Keith House and the CMC Symphonic Band in 1982.

Both the form and content of Liturgical Dances were influenced by Holsinger's own memories of his years at CMC in Beta Mu. His first image (reflection on the emotional and spiritual bonds that united the students) is described by a collage of gentle percussion sounds and a haunting melody by the horns. The second memory (exuberant praise for life and "a glorious Lord who created music") is described in seven short sections, each of which typically begins quietly and builds to a full-band climax. Subtitled Benedicamus socii Domine (let us all, as companions, praise the Lord), the work was first runner-up in the 1981 NBA-DeMoulin and ABA-Ostwald competitions.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Liturgical Dances is a composition of contrasting moods. Opening with a plaintive horn solo, the slow section develops the wind tonalities with full harmonic textures. A driving rhythmic section introduced by the percussion section incorporates an intense melodic line, development of that line leading to a tumultuous finale.

- Program Note from Northeast Missouri State University Wind Symphony concert program, 26 February 1985


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: I
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: IV
  • Wisconsin: Class A


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) - 14 April 2023
  • University of Central Arkansas (Conway) Symphonic Band (Brantley Douglas III, conductor) - 26 April 2022
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) - 10 November 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) - 3 December 2019
  • Westchester Symphonic Winds (Tarrytown, N.Y.) (Curt Ebersole, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • University of Evansville (Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor) - 16 April 2019
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony II (Timothy Clasby, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Nick Keelan, conductor) – 3 March 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 21 March 2017
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Concert Band (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 17 November 2015
  • University of Nevada Wind Ensemble (A.G. McGrannahan III, conductor) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 14 March 2014
  • Illiana Wind Ensemble (Lansing, Ill.) (Patricia Menninga, conductor) - 4 May 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Holsinger website Accessed 29 August 2021
  • Holsinger, D. (1984). Liturgical Dances: Benedicamus socii Domino [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 294.