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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

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General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

This composition, based on the hymn tune most familiar to the population as Doxology, was written as a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Holsinger to Lee University to commemorate the 2018 Centennial Celebration of the institution. After a search through the historical hymns associated with the University, and the parent Church of God, it was Mrs. Holsinger who suggested that perhaps the most effective musical tribute should be the simplest universal tune of praise and thankfulness, Old Hundred, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow….”

Historically, a Doxology is a short hymn of praises to God in various forms of Christian worship, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns. The tradition derives from a similar practice in the Jewish Synagogue, where some version of the Kaddish serves to terminate each section of the service. Among Christian traditions a doxology is typically an expression of praise sung to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The doxology in widespread use in English in many Protestant traditions is commonly referred to simply as The Doxology or The Common Doxology. Its familiar words are:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The words were written in 1674 by Thomas Ken as the final verse of two hymns, Awake, my soul, and with the sun and Glory to thee, my God, this night, intended for morning and evening worship at Winchester College. This final verse, separated from its proper hymns and sung to the tune Old Hundred, by Thomas Tallis, frequently marks the dedication of tithes or offerings at Sunday worship.

- Program Note by composer


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  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 9 October 2018

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