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David Maslanka (1943-    )

David Maslanka, composerDavid Maslanka, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is a U.S. composer who writes for a variety of genres, including works for choir, concert band, chamber music, and orchestra. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community college of the City University of New York. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, in Canada, Japan, Australia, and numerous European countries. Maslanka has received three National Endowment for the Arts Composer Awards and five residence fellowships from the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Best known for his highly acclaimed wind ensemble compositions, Maslanka has published nearly 100 pieces, including eight Symphonies, six of them for concert band, nine concerti, and a full Mass. Maslanka’s compositional style can be rhythmically intense and extremely complex, yet it also possesses at points an underlying delicate beauty. He is a composer who works from a meditative standpoint of spiritual inspiration, and this gentle, warm spiritual quality can be felt in his music.
-  MulesRasch (Bernard Savoie)

COMPOSITIONS                                                         Maslanka Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Maslanka on Maslanka
Symphony No. 1, orchestra (1970) [in one movement]
Trio [No. 1] for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1971)
Duo, flute and piano (1972)
City Tree, female chorus and harp (1973) [text: William Matheson]
The Nameless Fear; or: The Unanswered Question Put Yet Another Way, chorus, speakers, hpschd, gtrs, fl, bsn and perc (1973)
Trio No. 2, clarinet, viola and piano (1973)
The One and Only Book of Madrigals, chorus (1970-74)
Death and the Maiden, chamber opera (1974) [story by Ray Bradbury; libretto by John A. Wiles, Jr.]
Pray for Tender Voices in the Darkness, harp and piano (1974)
Three Pieces, clarinet and piano (1975) [see also "Fourth Piece", 1979]
Anne Sexton Songs, soprano and piano (1975) [text: Anne Sexton, from "Eighteen Days Without You"]
Five Songs, soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra (1975) [text: Robert Graves and David Kelly]
Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion (1976)
Hear My Prayer O Lord (Psalm 102), 2-part chorus and piano (1977)
I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, chorus (1977) [text: Gerard Manley Hopkins]
Orpheus, 2 bassoons and marimba (1977)
Cello Songs, cello and piano (1978)
Piano Song (1978)
Fourth Piece, clarinet and piano (1979) [an addition to "Three Pieces", 1975"]
Music for Dr. Who, bassoon and piano (1979)
Rollo Takes a Walk, band (1980)
My Lady White, marimba (1980)
A Child’s Garden of Dreams, band (1981)
Prelude on a Gregorian Tune, youth band (1981)
Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close, tenor saxophone and string quartet (1981)
Meditation on "Dr. Affectionate", guitar (1981) [inspired by a novel by GŁnther Grass]
Arcadia, cello quartet (1982)
Arcadia II, solo marimba and percussion ensemble (6 players) (1982; rev. 1985) [arr. for marimba quartet by Jeffery White]
Swarms of Gnats, orchestra (1983) [used as mvt 4 in "A Child’s Garden of Dreams, Book 2", 1989]
Seven Lyrics From Sappho, chorus (1984)
Quintet No. 1 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (1984)
Lincoln Speaks at Gettysburg, tenor, alto flute and doublebass (1984) [text: Carl Sandburg’s "Lincoln"]
Symphony No. 2, band (1985)
Quintet No. 2 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (1986)
Arise!, brass quintet (1987)
Images From "The Old Gringo", violin, clarinet and piano (1987)
Four Lullabies, 2-part female chorus and piano (1987) [music and lyrics: Barberi Paull; arr. by David Maslanks]
A Litany for Courage and the Seasons, chorus, clarinet and vibraphone (1988) [6 songs on poems of Richard Beale]
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1988)
A Child’s Garden of Dreams, Book 2, orchestra (1989) [4 mvt "symphony" based on dreams of girl in Jung's "Man & His Symbols"]
In Memoriam, band (1989)
Little Symphony on the Name of Barney Childs, clarinet (1989)
Concerto for Marimba and Band (1990)
Golden Light (A Celebration Piece), band (1990)
Little Concerto for Six Players, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin and piano (1990)
Nocturne, violin (or clarinet) and piano (1990)
Symphony No. 3, band (1991)
Crown of Thorns, keyboard percussion ensemble (1991)
Music for String Orchestra (1992)
Montana Music: Three Dances for Percussion, percussion ensemble (8 players), piano and doublebass (1992)
Sonata for Oboe (or Soprano Saxophone) and Piano (1992; rev. 1999)
Montana Music: Chorale Variations, band (1993)
Montana Music: Fantasy on a Chorale Tune, violin and viola (1993) [arr. for vibraphone and marimba by Jeffery White]
Montana Music: Trio, violin, cello and piano (1993)
Symphony No. 4, band (1993)
Laudamus Te, band (1994)
Tears, viola, cello, bassoon and piano (1994) [inspired by "Monnew" by Ahmadou Kourouma] [also arr. for band]
    - Tears, band (1994) [arr. from chamber work, 1994]
Variants on a Hymn Tune, euphonium and young wind ensemble/band (1994)
A Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter, band (1995)
Mass, soprano, baritone, chorus, children’s choir and band (1996; rev. 2005) [text: Ordinary of Latin Mass; poems: Richard Beal]
The Hungry Heart, chorus (1996)
Sonata for Horn and Piano (1996)
Black Dog Songs (6 songs), tenor and piano (1996) [text: Richard Beale]
Heart Songs, youth band (1997)
Hell’s Gate, 3 saxophones and wind ensemble/band (1997)
Sea Dreams: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Orchestra (1997; rev. 1998)
Morning Star, band (1997)
Mountain Roads, saxophone quartet (1997)
Variations on "Lost Love", marimba (1997) [inspired by a poem by Robert Graves]
In Lonely Fields, 7 solo percussionists and chamber orchestra (1998)
ufo Dreams: Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble (1998)
Blue Mountain Meadow, Missoula, Montana, wind quintet and piano (1998)
Song Book, alto saxophone and marimba (1998)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1999)
Quintet No. 3 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (1999)
Songbook, flute and wind ensemble/band (2000)
Symphony No. 5, band (2000)
11:11 – A Dance at the Edge of the World, orchestra (2001)
Alex and The Phantom Band, narrator and band (2001) [text: adapted from "The Thirteenth Hour" by Kathryn Maslanka]
Heart Songs, band (2001)
Testament, band (2001)
Hohner, large percussion ensemble (2001)
String Quartet (2001)
World Music, orchestra (2002) [written for the Missoula (Montana) All-City high school orchestra]
Time Stream, steel drum band (2002)
Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds and Percussion (2003)
Mother Earth (A Fanfare), band (2003)
Symphony No. 6, "Living Earth" (2003)
Traveler, band (2003)
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (2003)
Desert Roads: Four Songs for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (2004)
Symphony No. 7, band (2004)
Give Us This Day, band (2005)
David’s Book: Concerto for Solo Percussionist and Wind Ensemble (2006)
Collected Chorale Settings, band, or other ensembles (2006) [117 chorales in the old style, using orig. melodies from Bach's 371]
Recitation Book (5 pieces), saxophone quartet (2006)
A Carl Sandburg Reader, speaker, soprano, baritone and band (2007)
Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble (2007)
Procession of the Academics, band (2007)
Unending Stream of Life – Variations on "All Creatures of Our God and King", band (2007)
Quintet No. 4 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (2008)
Symphony No. 8, wind ensemble/band (2008)
Songs of My Nights, flute and piano (2009)
Eternal Garden, clarinet and piano (2009)
This is the World We Know, the World of Air and Breathing and Sun and Beating Hearts, 2 pianos and 2 percussionists (2009)
Liberation, chorus and wind ensemble/band (2010) ["Libera Me" from the Requiem Mass]
Tone Studies, alto saxophone and piano (2010)
O Earth, O Stars - Music for Flute, Cello and Wind Ensemble (2010) [a double concerto in 6 movements]
The Goldberg Variations (by J.S. Bach), saxophone quartet (arr. 2010)

The Four Seasons, chorus and piano (????) [music and lyrics: Barberi Paull; arr. by D. Maslanka]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Maslanka Links    ~ ~ ~    Maslanka on Maslanka     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Death and the Maiden, chamber opera (1974) [story by Ray Bradbury; libretto by John A. Wiles, Jr.]

Orchestra
Symphony No. 1, orchestra (1970) [in one movement]
A Child’s Garden of Dreams, Book 2, orchestra (1989) [4 mvt "symphony" based on dreams of girl in Jung's "Man & His Symbols"]
    - Swarms of Gnats, orchestra (1983) [used as mvt 4 in "A Child’s Garden of Dreams, Book 2", 1989]
Music for String Orchestra (1992)
11:11 – A Dance at the Edge of the World, orchestra (2001)
World Music, orchestra (2002) [written for the Missoula (Montana) All-City high school orchestra]
Symphony No. 6, "Living Earth" (2003)
    - Living Earth, 1
    - Rain
    - November: Geese on the wing
    - Dreamer
    - Living Earth, 2

Band
Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion (1976)
Rollo Takes a Walk, band (1980)
A Child’s Garden of Dreams, band (1981)
Prelude on a Gregorian Tune, youth band (1981)
Symphony No. 2, band (1985)
In Memoriam, band (1989)
Concerto for Marimba and Band (1990)
Golden Light (A Celebration Piece), band (1990)
Symphony No. 3, band (1991)
Symphony No. 4, band (1993)
Montana Music: Chorale Variations, band (1993)
Laudamus Te, band (1994)
Tears, band (1994) [arr. from chamber work, 1994]
Variants on a Hymn Tune, euphonium and young wind ensemble/band (1994)
A Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter, band (1995)
Mass, soprano, baritone, chorus, children’s choir and band (1996; rev. 2005) [text: Ordinary of Latin Mass; poems: Richard Beal]
Heart Songs, youth band (1997)
Hell’s Gate, 3 saxophones and wind ensemble/band (1997)
Sea Dreams: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Orchestra (1997; rev. 1998)
Morning Star, band (1997)
ufo Dreams: Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble (1998)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1999)
Songbook, flute and wind ensemble/band (2000)
Symphony No. 5, band (2000)
Alex and The Phantom Band, narrator and band (2001) [text: adapted from "The Thirteenth Hour" by Kathryn Maslanka]
Heart Songs, band (2001)
Testament, band (2001)
Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds and Percussion (2003)
Mother Earth (A Fanfare), band (2003)
Traveler, band (2003)
Desert Roads: Four Songs for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (2004)
Symphony No. 7, band (2004)
Give Us This Day, band (2005)
David’s Book: Concerto for Solo Percussionist and Wind Ensemble (2006)
Collected Chorale Settings, band, or other ensembles (2006) [117 chorales in the old style, using orig. melodies from Bach's 371]
A Carl Sandburg Reader, speaker, soprano, baritone and band (2007)
Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble (2007)
Procession of the Academics, band (2007)
Unending Stream of Life – Variations on "All Creatures of Our God and King", band (2007)
Symphony No. 8, wind ensemble/band (2008)
Liberation, chorus and wind ensemble/band (2010) ["Libera Me" from the Requiem Mass]
O Earth, O Stars - Music for Flute, Cello and Wind Ensemble (2010) [a double concerto in 6 movements]

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra, Band, or Ensemble
Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion (1976)
Arcadia II, solo marimba and percussion ensemble (6 players) (1982; rev. 1985) [arr. for marimba quartet by Jeffery White]
Concerto for Marimba and Band (1990)
Variants on a Hymn Tune, euphonium and young wind ensemble/band (1994)
Hell’s Gate, 3 saxophones and wind ensemble/band (1997)
Sea Dreams: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Orchestra (1997; rev. 1998)
In Lonely Fields, 7 solo percussionists and chamber orchestra (1998)
ufo Dreams: Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble (1998)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1999)
Songbook, flute and wind ensemble/band (2000)
Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds and Percussion (2003)
Desert Roads: Four Songs for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (2004)
David’s Book: Concerto for Solo Percussionist and Wind Ensemble (2006)
Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble (2007)
O Earth, O Stars - Music for Flute, Cello and Wind Ensemble (2010) [a double concerto in 6 movements]

Chorus w/Orchestra or Band
Mass, soprano, baritone, chorus, children’s choir and band (1996; rev. 2005) [text: Ordinary of Latin Mass; poems: Richard Beal]
Liberation, chorus and wind ensemble/band (2010) ["Libera Me" from the Requiem Mass]

Choral
City Tree, female chorus and harp (1973) [text: William Matheson]
The Nameless Fear; or: The Unanswered Question Put Yet Another Way, chorus, speakers, hpschd, gtrs, fl, bsn and perc (1973)
The One and Only Book of Madrigals, chorus (1970-74)
Hear My Prayer O Lord (Psalm 102), 2-part chorus and piano (1977)
I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, chorus (1977) [text: Gerard Manley Hopkins]
Seven Lyrics From Sappho, chorus (1984)
Four Lullabies, 2-part female chorus and piano (1987) [music and lyrics: Barberi Paull; arr. by David Maslanks]
    - The Whisper Song
    - Baby Song
    - So Long Through the Night
    - Your Lullaby
A Litany for Courage and the Seasons, chorus, clarinet and vibraphone (1988) [6 songs on poems of Richard Beale]
    - The Sleep of Poets
    - Servis Road: A Hymn to St.. Francis
    - The Soundless Sound
    - On Chestnut Hill
    - Little Dance: For Barbara Mason
    - A Litany For Courage and the Seasons
The Hungry Heart, chorus (1996)
Collected Chorale Settings, chorus, or other ensembles (2006) [117 chorales in the old style, using orig. melodies from Bach's 371]
The Four Seasons, chorus and piano (????) [music and lyrics: Barberi Paull; arr. by D. Maslanka]

Chamber
Trio [No. 1] for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1971)
Duo, flute and piano (1972)
Trio No. 2, clarinet, viola and piano (1973)
Pray for Tender Voices in the Darkness, harp and piano (1974)
Orpheus, 2 bassoons and marimba (1977)
Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close, tenor saxophone and string quartet (1981)
Arcadia, cello quartet (1982)
Arcadia II, solo marimba and percussion ensemble (6 players) (1982; rev. 1985) [arr. for marimba quartet by Jeffery White]
Quintet No. 1 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (1984)
Quintet No. 2 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (1986)
Arise!, brass quintet (1987)
Images From "The Old Gringo", violin, clarinet and piano (1987)
Little Concerto for Six Players, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin and piano (1990)
Crown of Thorns, keyboard percussion ensemble (1991)
Montana Music: Three Dances for Percussion, percussion ensemble (8 players), piano and doublebass (1992)
Montana Music: Fantasy on a Chorale Tune, violin and viola (1993) [arr. for vibraphone and marimba by Jeffery White]
Montana Music: Trio, violin, cello and piano (1993)
Tears, viola, cello, bassoon and piano (1994) [inspired by "Monnew" by Ahmadou Kourouma] [also arr. for band]
Mountain Roads, saxophone quartet (1997)
Blue Mountain Meadow, Missoula, Montana, wind quintet and piano (1998)
Song Book, alto saxophone and marimba (1998)
Quintet No. 3 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (1999)
Hohner, large percussion ensemble (2001)
String Quartet (2001)
Time Stream, steel drum band (2002)
Recitation Book, saxophone quartet (2006)
    - Broken Heart: Meditation on the chorale melody "Der du bist drei in einigkeit" (You who are three in one)
    - Prelude/Chorale: Mmeditation on the chorale melody "Jesu meine Freude" (Jesus my joy)
    - Ecco moriro dunque (Look! My Death is Near!)/Gesualdo di Venosa, 1596
    - Meditation on the Gregorian Chant "O Salutaris  Hostia" (O Salvation’s Victim)
    - Fanfare/Variations on the chorale melody "Durch Adams Fall" (Through Adam’s Fall)
Quintet No. 4 for Winds, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (2008)
This is the World We Know, the World of Air and Breathing and Sun and Beating Hearts, 2 pianos and 2 percussionists (2009)
The Goldberg Variations (by J.S. Bach), saxophone quartet (arr. 2010)

Percussion
Orpheus, 2 bassoons and marimba (1977)
My Lady White, marimba (1980)
Arcadia II, solo marimba and percussion ensemble (6 players) (1982; rev. 1985) [arr. for marimba quartet by Jeffery White]
A Litany for Courage and the Seasons, chorus, clarinet and vibraphone (1989) [6 songs on poems of Richard Beale]
Concerto for Marimba and Band (1990)
Crown of Thorns, keyboard percussion ensemble (1991)
Montana Music: Three Dances for Percussion, percussion ensemble (8 players), piano and doublebass (1992)
Montana Music: Fantasy on a Chorale Tune, violin and viola (1993) [arr. for vibraphone and marimba by Jeffery White]
Variations on "Lost Love", marimba (1997) [inspired by a poem by Robert Graves]
In Lonely Fields, 7 solo percussionists and chamber orchestra (1998)
Song Book, alto saxophone and marimba (1998)
Hohner, large percussion ensemble (2001)
Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds and Percussion (2002)
Time Stream, steel drum band (2002)
David’s Book – Concerto for Solo Percussionist and Wind Ensemble (2006)

Solo Instrument
Duo, flute and piano (1972)
Three Pieces, clarinet and piano (1975) [see also "Fourth Piece", 1979]
Cello Songs, cello and piano (1978)
Fourth Piece, clarinet and piano (1979) [an addition to "Three Pieces", 1975"]
Music for Dr. Who, bassoon and piano (1979)
My Lady White, marimba (1980)
Meditation on "Dr. Affectionate", guitar (1981) [inspired by a novel by GŁnther Grass]
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1988)
Little Symphony on the Name of Barney Childs, clarinet (1989)
Nocturne, violin (or clarinet) and piano (1990)
Sonata for Oboe (or Soprano Saxophone) and Piano (1992; rev. 1999)
Sonata for Horn and Piano (1996)
Variations on "Lost Love", marimba (1997) [inspired by a poem by Robert Graves]
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (2003)
Songs of My Nights, flute and piano (2009)
Eternal Garden, clarinet and piano (2009)
Tone Studies, alto saxophone and piano (2010)

Piano
Piano Song (1978)

Vocal
Anne Sexton Songs, soprano and piano (1975) [text: Anne Sexton, from "Eighteen Days Without You"]
    - December 11th
    - Us
    - December 15th
Five Songs, soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra (1975)
    - A Point of Land [text: David Kelly]
    - Warning to Children [text: Robert Graves]
    - Hag-Ridden [text: Robert Graves]
    - My Hand Looks for You [text: David Kelly]
    - Leaving the Rest Unsaid [text: Robert Graves]
Lincoln Speaks at Gettysburg, tenor, alto flute and doublebass (1984) [text: Carl Sandburg’s "Lincoln"]
Black Dog Songs (6 songs), tenor and piano (1996) [text: Richard Beale]
    - When my father's sperm ...
    - I am smeared with the tar of night
    - My friend had a stroke ...
    - When I really want to whine
    - Fierce blinding night
    - On the subway platform ...
A Carl Sandburg Reader, speaker, soprano, baritone and band (2007)


MASLANKA  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Maslanka on Maslanka      ~ top of page ~
Conversations with David Maslanka (Band Fusion)
David Maslanka's Symphony No. 4: A Conductor's Analysis ... (Stephen Bolstad, Univ of Texas Libraries)
An Examination of David Maslanka's Marimba Concerti (Michael Varner, Univ of North Texas)

Composer's website        . . . contact David Maslanka:   here

Maslanka @ Wikipedia    also    here
Maslanka @ Audiophile Audition
Maslanka @ Classic Cat
Maslanka @ Classical Archives
Maslanka @ ClassicsToday
Maslanka @ Dilettante Music
Maslanka @ Facebook
Maslanka @ Carl Fischer
Maslanka @ InstantEncore
Maslanka @ LinkedIn
Maslanka @ MulesRasch (Bernard Savoie)
Maslanka @ MusicWeb International
Maslanka @ Naxos
Maslanka @ The New York Times
Maslanka @ Top pdf Files
Maslanka @ Wind Repertory Project

Publisher
Maslanka @ Carl Fischer
Maslanka @ Kjos Music Company
Maslanka @ Marimba Productions, Inc.
Maslanka @ North American Saxophone Alliance
Maslanka @ OU Percussion Press

Streaming Audio
Maslanka @ Classical Archives
Maslanka @ last.fm
Maslanka @ Rhapsody

Recordings
Maslanka @ ArkivMusic
Maslanka @ ClassicsOnline
Maslanka @ Discogs

Video
Maslanka @ YouTube
Maslanka @ Google Video
Maslanka @ Vimeo

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Maslanka on Maslanka: David Maslanka Shares His Thoughts on Music (VIDEO)








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