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To Tame the Perilous Skies

From Wind Repertory Project
David Holsinger

David Holsinger


General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
Cost: Score and Parts - $135.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Mallets I-II, including:

  • Glockenspiel (Bells)
  • Marimba
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam Tam (Gong)
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangles (small, medium, large)
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

To Tame the Perilous Skies was conceived as a programmatic work literally depicting two opposing forces colliding in battle. The elongated canonic introduction presents a six-pitch intervallic display that is used throughout the composition, both as an intact melodic statement and a fragmented germative device, to depict every extra musical element from serenity to air war to triumphal deliverance. A second melodic element, an imitative fanfare-like motif, first heard in the solo trumpet 120 seconds into the composition, serves repeatedly as counterpoint to all music generated from the opening interval display.

To Tame the Perilous Skies, commissioned by the 564th Tactical Air Command Band, Langley AFB, Virginia, received its premiere performance under the baton of Lt. Col. Lowell Graham in the fall of 1990. At the time of its premiere, United Nations forces were assembling in the Persian Gulf, and only a few months later the world watched as modern technological air power "tamed the perilous skies" over Iraq and Kuwait. In retrospect, this work is dedicated not only to the exceptional men and women of the Tactical Air Command, but to the spirit of the modern military aviator, taming perilous skies that all men might live free of oppression.

-Program Note from score


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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  • Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Penn.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Brian Norcross, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • USAF Band of the Golden West (Travis AFB, Calif.) - 18 October 2014 (at Cupertino, Calif.)
  • Jubal Varsseveld (van Henk - Jan Heijnen, conductor) - 10 November 2012


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