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Little Fantasy on an American Hymn

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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Vocal Solo
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbell (high and low)

Cymbals (crash and suspended)

  • Glockenspiel (Orchestral Bells)
  • Jingle Bells
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangles (2)
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece was written for and dedicated to my father, Louis Fritz. While he was a simple Iowa farmer he loved music and sang in a barbershop chorus and quartet for 40 years. His love and support of me and my music making propelled me into a 30 year career of teaching high school band. Following his death, my wife, in-laws, and band boosters commissioned Mr. Holsinger and asked him to use the Robert Lowry hymn, "How Can I Keep From Singing?". It just seemed appropriate. While we waited for the commission to arrive our high school choral director, Lynette Wilson, a friend and colleague of 20 years suddenly died from acute liver failure at the age of 50. The death of my father-in-law, himself a significant musician, followed shortly thereafter. This piece than became an homage to all three of them. The vocal solo was included to honor Lynette, a fantastic soprano. This can be played, alternatively, by a trumpet soloist. The composition is a fantasy with alternating meter and fragments of the hymn. The center section features the vocal soloist in a traditional arrangement of the hymn. The ending is a jubilant romp similar to the introductory material.

-Program Note by James L. Fritz


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Central Lakes College (Brainerd, Minn.) Wind Orchestra (Jonathan Laflamme, conductor) - 9 November 2020
  • Luther College Concert Band (James L. Fritz, conductor) - February 2009

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