New York, NY — David Maslanka’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (W2652 - Solo part with piano reduction - $29.99) in five movements was premiered in March of 2000 by the University of Arizona Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gregg Hanson, conductor and featuring Joseph Lulloff, solo saxophone. From the composer: “This concerto turned out to be a good deal larger than I would reasonably want. As I got into the composing, the ideas became insistent: none of them would be left out! The format of ‘Songs and Interludes’ arises from my other recent works for saxophones (‘Mountain Roads’ for saxophone quartet and ‘Song Book’ for alto saxophone and marimba) and suggests a music that is more intimate than symphonic. There is a strong spiritual overtone with quotes from Bach chorales, and from my own works ‘Hell’s Gate’ and ‘Mass.’ A story is hinted at which has the Crucifixion right smack in the middle – the climax of the third movement quotes the ‘Crucifixus’ from the ‘Mass.’ I don’t know what the story is, only that it wants to be music, and not words.”
David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1943. He attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did masters and doctoral study in composition at Michigan State University where his principal teacher was H. Owen Reed. Maslanka's music for winds has become especially well known. Among his 40-plus works for wind ensemble and band are Symphonies 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9, 12 concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. His wind chamber music includes four wind quintets, two saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces. 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, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. David Maslanka is a member of ASCAP. To learn more about this composer, visit www.davidmaslanka.com.
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