Prelude and Rondo

From Wind Repertory Project
David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 1966 / 1976
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
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
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Unusual chord progressions establish a mystical mood until the arrival of a fierce presto agitato full of syncopated melodic material. Students will enjoy the jazz-like interplay between parts.

- Program Note from publisher

Prelude and Rondo was composed in the spring of 1966 and was first performed that December by the Central Methodist College Concert Band, and conducted by the composer at age 21.

"It is interesting to note how ‘intuition’ plays a part in the compositional arena,” Holsinger wrote. “After years of compositional study about the ‘craft of composition,’ I am amazed that my first piece -- probably from sheer naiveté -- contained mixed meter, metric modulations, asymmetrical phrases over bar lines, and the beginnings of the “ostinato principal,” which has become one of my signatures. I didn’t plan these things; they just happen because it seemed the right thing to do to put the music on the page.” (Ostinato is a continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm.)

Prelude and Rondo is modal in nature, using the Aeolian (white keys from A to A), Phrygian (white keys from E to E) and Myxolydian (white keys from G to G) modes. It also contains frequent meter changes, asymmetrical meters, polyphony that has several melodic ideas using different rhythms at the same moment, and hemiolas, in which two groups of three beats are replaced by three groups of two beats, giving the effect of a shift between triple and duple meter.

- Program Note from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band concert program, 27 November 2017


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.) Concert Band (Skip Vandelicht, conductor) - 5 March 2023
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) University Band (Terry Austin, conductor) - 20 April 2022
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) Wind Symphony (David Sampson, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Richard Suk, conductor) – 24 September 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phillip Day, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Emily Rodeck, conductor) – 4 December 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Raider Band (Skye Brown, conductor) – 6 May 2018
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) – 27 November 2017
  • University of Nevada Wind Ensemble (A.G. McGrannahan III, conductor) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 14 March 2014
  • University City Summer Band (Delmar, Mo.) (Tom Poshak, conductor) - 2012

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