COMPOSER 1945–2013

Opus 91

De Profundis (1991)

for Band

Duration: 9 min.

Premiere: ???

Performance materials available from the publisher.

The passacaglia was a musical form which Rosner employed on many occasions to achieve distinctly personal musical ends. De Profundis is subtitled “a passacaglia for symphonic band.” The title means “out of the depths” in Latin (most often used to refer to Psalm 130, which begins with those words). As is often characteristic of Rosner’s passacaglias, the music begins quietly and atmospherically, builds to an absolutely shattering climax, and then recedes again. (Notes by Carson Cooman)