Tucson Suite (fl,vln,vc)

Composer: B. A. K. Holm
Instrumentation: fl, vln, vc
dur: 11 min.; score and parts. 4 mvts: Rodeo Parade(2'43"), Sabino Canyon(4'), Festival(1'51"), Sonoran Sunset(2')
Sound Samples:
Sonoran Sunset Festival Sabino Canyon   Rodeo Parade      
full score    

Item hlp-110 $34.50

Program NotesThis music was inspired by the culture and the natural beauty of Tucson, Arizona. Rodeo Parade: Each February since 1925 the people of Tucson have celebrated the cowboys with the Tucson Rodeo Parade. It is the largest non-motorized parade in the country. Sabino Canyon: This recalls the beautiful canyon on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountain range. The Sabino Creek flows through hills dotted with Giant Seguaro cacti and framed by tall, massive stone cliffs. Festival: A three voice fugue, simply intended to express the happiness of people gathered to celebrate. Sonoran Sunset: The beautiful colors in the sky while the sun sets over the Sonoran Desert may cause one to reflect on the joys and wonders of the experiences of the day.

I had the pleasure of hearing a well executed performance, of a new piece, by composer Barbara Holm. "Tucson Suite" was performed by The Legacy Ensemble, at the American Composer's Forum. The piece evoked feelings of the open expansive Southwest, through the use of beautiful harmonies.-
-- Kathleen Hardy

Tucson Suite was a real joy to my ears. At least once during Festival or Sonoran Sunset I actually had goose bumps! The three movements previewed at the Composers Forum Tuesday Salon were 'book-ended' with an intro and fade out of Daryl's rich cello. In between was the passing of melodies between John's violin, Barbara's flute, and the cello. At times it seems all three were playing their own melody whilst enhancing and not covering the other two. Each movement had it's own 'flavor' but bringing out the best of each instrument (and musician) was consistent throughout. In the end, myself and the other Tuesday Salon attendees were speechless.-
-- Jonathan Wirth