Brian Holmes
1946 -
United States of America, Washington D.C.
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B.W. Holmes
Brian W. Holmes (06/08/1946), an American composer, from Washington D.C. He graduated from Pomona College and earned a PhD in experimental low temperature physics from Boston University. He is now (1999) a professor of Physics at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, and is active as a free-lance horn player, performing with the San Jose Symphony and Opera San Jose. While in Boston, Holmes studied horn with Harry Shapiro and played in the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Quintet. As a composer, Holmes often writes for solo voice and chorus. A choral work for Christmas that shows Holmes natural gift for melody, coupled with fine compositional technique, is the prize-winning carol I Saw a Fair Maiden for unaccompanied mixed voices. Brian Holmes has also composed numerous songs, song cycles, choral works and instrumental works, including a concerto for toy piano and orchestra. Several works have been recorded by the Peninsula Women's Chorus and by the Stanford University Chorale. Holmes interests in physics and music overlap. He does research on the physics of musical instruments and has occasionally composed music related to science. His Updike's Science, for example, is a set of six songs about science, composed to humorous poems of John Updike. He has also lectured on the physics of musical instruments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oberlin College, Cornell University, Brown University, Boston University, Boston College, Pomona College, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the Acoustical Society of America.
Amherst requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2008
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass + nine poems of Emily Dickinson
In memory of:the composer's mother
Amherst Requiem (2008) for soprano, mixed chorus, children’s chorus, and large orchestra. The libretto consists of the Latin missa pro defunctis, sung by the choruses, and nine poems of Emily Dickinson, sung by the soprano. Duration: ca. 55 min.
It conatains:
01. Introit
02. Offertory
03. What is – “Paradise” –
04. Pie Jesu
05. Responsory
06. I shall keep singing!
07. Antiphon
Author:Brian Holmes
E. Dickinson