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Savannah River Holiday

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Ron Nelson

Ron Nelson


General Info

Year: 1953 / 1957 / 1977
Duration: c. 8:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer Inc.
Cost: Parts Only - Rental   |   Score Only - $78.75


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Piano (Celesta)
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Savannah River Holiday was originally composed as an orchestral overture, and received its premiere over NBC Radio on 16 March 1953. After the success of his Rocky Point Holiday, Nelson transcribed the work for wind ensemble in 1957, where it has received most of its performances.

Savannah River Holiday consists of two contrasting moods that take turns alternating throughout the composition, representing the power and serenity of the Savannah River. The Allegro Vivace theme begins and ends the work with a flourish, while the Adagio provides a lovely, somber, reflective melody.

This is one of several works that Ron Nelson composed on a “holiday” theme, including Rocky Point Holiday, Aspen Jubilee, and Sonoran Desert Holiday.

The Savannah River forms most of the border between the states of South Carolina and Georgia, and is 350 miles long.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • New York: VI


Performances

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  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) - 22 March 2021
  • Coastal Carolina University Wind Ensemble (Conway, S.C.) (Garrett Griffin, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (David M. Jacobs, conductor) – 12 March 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Savannah (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Mark Johnson, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 28 November 2017
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenson, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Gary Westbrook, conductor) – 9 October 2017
  • North Central High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Rick Granlund, conductor) - May 2017
  • Grand Street (New York) Community Band – 19 March 2017
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Scott A. Stewart, conductor) – 17 May 2016
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 23 February 2016
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Leonard Slatkin, conductor) – 13 April 2008
  • Indiana (Carmel) Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) - March 2006


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Nelson, R. (1957). Savannah River Holiday [score]. C. Fischer: New York.
  • Ron Nelson website Accessed 15 February 2008