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Reagan of Illinois Part II

From Wind Repertory Project
David Holsinger

David Holsinger


Subtitle: Hero Fanfare and Anthem for Symphonic Band and SATB Chorus


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Pub
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Chorus Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Orchestra Chimes, 2
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangles
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Although born in nearby Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Reagan’s family moved to Dixon, Illinois, when he was nine years old. In many of his speeches and writings, he always referred to his growing up in Dixon and the many life lessons he learned in those formative years. As far as the 40th President of the United States was concerned, Dixon, Illinois, was his hometown.

To celebrate the President’s 100th birthday remembrance on February 6, 2010, the City of Dixon commissioned a work that would include symphonic band, narrator, and SATB chorus, as a gift of love from his hometown. Part I, for band and narrator, has been published previously under the title, Reagan Of Illinois. This is Part II of that endeavor, written for band and SATB chorus.

The text of this section is paraphrased and derived from any number of comments or excerpted lines from President Reagan’s many speeches. Of course, there are also lines of text contributed by the composer to emphasize what I feel are certain characteristics of this great American and to personalize the relationship of Dixon, Illinois, to the President.

A note about the music: As with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Man, [sic] which appeared as a “borrowed” section in one of his later symphonies, I also borrowed from an earlier work for the opening fanfare section of Reagan, Part II. The initial music before the chorus entrance is a slightly altered version of the movement entitled An Immeasurable Hero from the suite One Day in a Small Town written in 2004. It just seemed to be the appropriate music to begin the final chapter in this composition.

The Dixon Ronald Reagan Centennial Committee Commission was chaired by Ann Lewis, who also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Reagan Centennial Commission, in cooperation with Mark Bressler, Director of Bands at Rock Falls High School and Director of the Dixon Municipal Band.

- Program Note by composer


Commissioned by the City of Dixon, Illinois, to Commemorate the Centennial Birthday of President Ronald Reagan. A Gift of Love from his Boyhood Home.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

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Media


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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 71.2 (2016): 35. Print
  • Perusal score