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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: 9:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $115.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbells (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms (3), tuned
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The English term “sinfonia” or “sinphonia” most commonly refers to a 17th or 18th century orchestral piece used as an introduction, interlude, or postlude to an opera, oratorio, cantata, or suite. In the Italian, the word simply translates as “symphony”, though nothing on the scale of, for instance, a Mahler symphony. Bach used the term for some of his keyboard compositions. Igor Stravinsky titled the first movement of his 1932 octet Sinfonia. The term has found resurgence in the twentieth century, especially since 1950. All this is to say that this composition has absolutely nothing in common with any of this musicology trivia!

Two years ago, when I was first approached concerning composing a special piece to celebrate Dennis Zeisler, conductor of the Virginia Wind Symphony, director of bands at Old Dominion University and 77th president of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, I was thrilled and quickly accepted. He had been a friend for a number of years, and the first thing I did following my acceptance of this commission was to go out and immediately ... suffer a stroke! Really.

Admittedly, it was slightly more difficult to write while dealing with the paralysis, but over time, and with the patient understanding of the Virginia Wind Symphony, at last the piece was completed. To prove my tongue-in-cheek cognitive skills had remained somewhat intact throughout the past year and half, I mused that what else could I entitle a piece for a guy named Zeisler? How about Zinphonia? That works.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 October 2017


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble (Norfolk, Va.) (Dennis Zeisler, conductor) - April 25, 2018
  • Virginia Wind Symphony (Norfolk) (David Holsinger, conductor) - 21 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – October 10, 2017
  • Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble (Norfolk, Va.) (Dennis Zeisler, conductor) - February 19, 2017
  • Virginia Wind Symphony (Norfolk, Va.) (Dennis Zeisler, conductor) – February 11, 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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