Holy The Firm

James Primosch

Text by
Denise Levertov
Susan Stewart
Annie Dillard
John Climacus
Score - Performance
Performing Ensemble: Voice with Piano
Instrumentation: Soprano, Piano
Item Number: 141-40055
Number of Pages: 44
Duration: 21:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


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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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Composition Date 1999