James Primosch

Known as a pianist as well as composer, James Primosch had set the texts of many American writers in his art songs and choral pieces.

Photo: James Primosch, publicity photo, Theodore Presser website

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, James Primosch studied at Cleveland State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University.

Primosch received many prestigious grants and awards, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His song cycle Holy the Firm was composed for and premiered by Dawn Upshaw, and he served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania from 1988 until his passing in 2021.

For more information about Primosch, please visit his website, listed to the right.

–Christie Finn

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Sheet Music

Holy the Firm

Composer(s): James Primosch

Voice Type: Soprano

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