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Solemn Hymn & Rowdy Dance

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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beginning with a slow, dignified hymn then transitioning into an exhilarating dance, this piece for mature ensembles is excellent for honor band performances.

- Program Note from publisher

As a composer, I find that the last piece of the season sometimes takes "the road unimagined." I write only three or four compositions a year, and because of my conducting schedule, those works are all written during a six-month period. So depending on the size and scope of the works, I may be crowding a great deal of music writing, with its accompanying emotional drain, into very tight timeframes. And because of this – I think it has to do with the emotional release – the final composition of the year sometimes takes a fanciful departure from what was intended.

The work I originally envisioned for the Virginia District 7 honor band was going to be base don a wonderfully lyrical Appalachian hymn tune that I discovered earlier this year. However, as the project commenced, I just couldn’t stay focused on the solemnity of the idea. (To be truthful, the "giddy" side of me kept sneaking into the process --- as it has a number of times in my life.)

I may, someday, actually write that piece bas d on that hymn tune, but not this time. Instead, what has actually surfaced is a contest of wills between the solemn side and my silly side for musical dominance. The fun part to me was to try to successfully partner the discourse is that each had "equal billing.' Hopefully the listener will perceive the interplay of those two musical elements.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the 2010 District Seven Honor Band, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors' Association, Mark Collins, Chair.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: V


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