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On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss

David Holsinger, composer

On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger is a radical departure of style for this composer. The frantic tempos, the ebullient tempos we associate with Holsinger are replaced with a restive, gentle, and reflective composition based on "It is Well with my Soul," the 1876 hymn by Philip Bliss and Horatio Spafford. Written to honor the retiring Principal of Shady Grove Christian Academy, On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss was presented as a gift from the SGCA Concert Band to Rev. Steve Edel in May of 1989.

—published score


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