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Holy the Firm

By James Primosch

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Chamber soprano voice, Piano
Composed by James Primosch (1956-). Saddle. Christmas and Holiday. Voice and piano. With Standard notation. Composed 1999. 44 pages. Duration 21 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #141-40055. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.141400550).

Item Number: PR.141400550

ISBN 9781491101254. 9x12 inches. Text: Denise Levertov. Denise Levertov.

Holy the Firm was written for soprano Dawn Upshaw, on a commission from BYU, and - fittingly - premiered by Ms. Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish in Provo, Utah in 1999. "Cleveland-born composer James Primosch drew texts from the writings of three 20th-century American women and a seventh century Sinai desert monk for his luminous songs, Holy the Firm. The poetic words are sensitively matched to music that evokes images of fire, Jacob's ladder, an everyday god and deathbed sensations." Wilma Salisbury, The Plain Dealer "In his cycle Holy the Firm, composer James Primosch gave Upshaw airborne phrases that cherished every vowel, and Kalish, a sparkling, fragmented accompaniment with a little of the flexibility of improvisation." Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly News.

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