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Life Dances

William Himes

Life Dances is an overture in three parts, without pause, with each section portraying a positive aspect of living. Written by renowned local composer William Himes, it is dedicated to the York Community High School Symphonic Band, Ronald H. Polancich, conductor.

The opening is a lively, energetic dance expressing the Joy of Life. The solemn, largo section is introduced by solo trumpet as homage to the Creation of Life; a variety of woodwind and brass colors are showcased through lush harmonies. The exciting finale with its bravado mood and strong rhythmic motifs, symbolizes the Adventure of Life. It develops strong rhythmic forces from previous material and builds to a dramatic and ferocious ending.

As the world continues to wrongly focus on cynical acts from the few, Life Dances delivers a strong message: Enjoy life and do not succumb to cynicism. Celebrate, life is good and very much worth living.

William Himes (b. 1949) earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He taught instrumental music in public schools, and was adjunct lecturer in low brass at the University of Michigan-Flint. Since 1977, he has served as head of the Music and Gospel Arts Department of The Salvation Army's Central Territory, and is conduc- tor of the Chicago Staff Band. With more than one hundred instrumental and choral publications to his credit Mr. Himes is in demand as conductor, composer, lecturer, clinician and euphonium soloist.

Last updated on July 18, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band