David Maslanka

  • David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1943. He attended the Oberlin College Conservatory studying clarinet with George Waln and composition with Joseph Wood. He studied for a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did graduate work in composition at Michigan State University with H. Owen Reed.

    David Maslanka’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, in Canada, Japan, Australia, and numerous European countries. He received three National Endowment for the Arts Composer Awards, and five residence fellowships at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. In addition he received grants from the State University of New York Research Foundation, the University of Connecticut Research Foundation, the American Music Center, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

    His works for winds and percussion have become standard in the wind band repertory. They include “A Child’s Garden of Dreams” for symphonic wind ensemble, “Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion,” and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Symphonies. Percussion works include “Arcadia II: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble,” and “Montana Music: Three Dances for Percussion.” His catalogue also contains a wide variety of chamber, orchestral and choral pieces.

    Maslanka’s style is characterized by a blend of heart-felt lyricism and rhythmic drive, coupled with an uncanny and remarkable ear for musical sonorities. Particularly in his well-known and acclaimed works for wind band, the music is notable for its poetry, warmth and spiritual quality. Inspiration is frequently drawn from such fascinating sources as the dreams of a young girl as recorded by psychologist C.G. Jung (“A Child’s Garden of Dreams”), the work of African writer Ahmadou Kourouma (“Tears”) and the poetry of Richard Beale (“A Litany for Courage and the Seasons”, “Mass”).

    Maslanka’s works have been recorded on the CRI, Mark, Crest, Umass., Novisse, Klavier, Cambria and Albany labels. He 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 lived in Missoula, Montana until his passing on August 6, 2017.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
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    Band / Wind Ensemble
    20984 A Child’s Garden of Dreams 20984 35:00 picc.(2), fl.(3), ob.(3), Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(3), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., tba.; perc.(6), hp., pno., elec. org.
    J757 Give Us This Day
    Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble
    J757 10:00 Wind Ensemble
    20994 Golden Light
    A Celebration Piece
    20994 8:00 picc., fl.(4), ob., cl.(4), b.cl., bsn., a.sax., t.sax., bar.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(4), tbn.(2), bar.(TC/BC), tba.; perc.(8), timp.
    SPS10 Heart Songs
    For Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble
    SPS10 17:00 Wind Ensemble
    20999 Laudamus Te 20999 13:00 picc., fl.(3), ob.(2), cl.(3), b.cl., ca.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb.(opt.), timp., perc.(4), pno.
    20998 In Memoriam 20998 13:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(2), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4), org., pno.
    21002 Montana Music: Chorale Variations 21002 16:00 picc., fl.(5), ob.(2), eng.hn., cl.(8), ca.cl., b.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn.(opt), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(5) (sub. w/cor.), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb.(opt.), timp., perc.(4), pno.(opt.)
    J738 Morning Star J738 8:30 Concert Band
    J754 Mother Earth
    A Fanfare
    J754 3:00 Concert Band
    SPS35 Procession Of The Academics
    For Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble
    SPS35 5:00 Wind Ensemble
    21008 Symphony No. 2 21008 35:00 picc.(2), fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(2), cor.(3), tbn.(2), bar.hn., tba.; perc.(5), pno.
    21009 Symphony No. 3 21009 49:00 picc.(2), fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4), pno.
    21010 Symphony No. 4 21010 27:00 picc., fl.(3) (3rd dbls. a. fl.), ob.(3), Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), b. tbn., bar.hn.(2), tba.(2); cb., timp., perc.(4), hp., pno., org.
    21011 Symphony No. 5
    For Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    21011 40:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(3), Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl.(2), cb., cl., bsn.(2)(cbsn); hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), euph.(2), tba.(2), cb., pno., timp., perc.(5)
    21013 Symphony No. 7
    for Wind Ensemble
    21013 35:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3),b.cl., cb.cl., bsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3) euph. tba.; perc.(4), pno.; db.
    21014 Symphony No. 8
    for Wind Ensemble
    21014 42:00 Picc. 2Fl. 2Ob. E(Cl. 3Cl. B.Cl. ContraltoCl. ContrabassCl. 2Bsn. Cbsn. S.Sax. 2A.Sax. T.Sax. B.Sax. BassSax.; 4Hn. 3Tpt. 2Tbn. B.Tbn. Euph. Tba.; D.B. Timp. 5Perc. Pno.
    21015 Tears 21015 12:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb.(opt.), timp., perc.(4), pno.(opt.), cel.
    21016 Testament 21016 11:00 picc, fl (3), ob (2), Eb cl, Bb cl, b cl, bsn (2), c bsn, a sax (2), t sax, b sax, hn (4), tpt (2), trb (2), b trb, euph, tba, cb, pn, tp, perc (4)
    J764 Traveler J764 14:00 Symphonic Band
    21018 Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter 21018 18:00 picc, fl.(3), ob.(2), cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4), pno.
    Band / Wind Ensemble with Soloist(s)
    20986 Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble 20986 45:00 solo a.sax.; fl.(2) ( a. fl.), ob.(2) (eng.hn.), cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2)(cbsn.); a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn (4), tpt.(2) (picc. tpt.), tbn.(2), b. tbn., euph., tba.; pno.(cel.); timp., perc.(4), db.
    20987 Concerto for Marimba and Band 20987 18:00 Solo marimba; picc., fl.(3), ob.(2), (eng.hn.), Eb cl., cl.(3), ca.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), cor.(3), tpt.(2), tbn.(3), bar.hn.(2), tba.(2); vcl.(3), cb.(2), timp., perc.(3), hp.
    20988 Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion 20988 20:00 Solo piano; fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(2), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2); hn.(4), tpt.(2), tbn.(2), tba.; cb., perc., elec. org.
    20990 Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds and Percussion 20990 27:00 Solo piano; picc., fl.(2), ob., cl.(2),b.cl., bsn, a.sax., t.sax., b.sax; hn., tpt.(2), tbn., tba.; timp perc.(2); db
    20989 Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble 20989 36:00 Solo Tbn.; 3Fl.(1dbl. Picc.) 2Ob(E.H.) 3Cl. ContraltoCl. B.Cl. 2Bsn.(Cbsn.) A.Sax.(S.Sax); 2Hn. 3Tpt. Tbn. B.Tbn. Tba.; Vcl. StrBass. Pno. Timp. 4Perc.
    20991 David’s Book
    for Solo Percussionist and Wind Ensemble
    20991 Solo Perc.; Fl.(dbl. Picc.) Fl.(dbl.A.Fl.) Fl. Fl.(dbl.Bs.Fl.) 2Ob. 3Cl. B.Cl. ContrabassCl. 2Bsn. S.Sax. A.Sax. T.Sax. B.Sax.; 4Hn. 3Tpt. Tbn. B.Tbn. Euph. Tba.; D.B. Hp. Pno. 2Perc.
    20992 Desert Roads
    Four Songs for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble
    20992 27:00 Solo Bb cl.; fl.(2), ob.(2), cl.(2), b.cl., c.a.cl., bsn(2), s.sax., a.sax., t.sax, b.sax.; hh.(2), tpt.(2), tbn.,(2), euph., tba; timp., perc.(5), hp., pno.; db.
    20996 Hell’s Gate 20996 17:00 Solo alto, tenor, baritone saxophones; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), cl.(3), ca.cl., b.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp, perc.(4), pno.
    21006 Sea Dreams: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Orchestra 21006 32:00 Solo horn (2); fl.(2), ob.(2), cl.(3), b.cl.(2), cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), tpt.(2), tbn., b. tbn.; cb.(3), timp., perc.(6), hp., pno.
    21007 Songbook 21007 48:00 flute and wind ensemble: fl.(2), ob.(2), cl.(2), b.cl., cbs.cl., bsn.(2), (cbsn.), a.sax., t.sax.; hn.(2), tpt.(2), tbn., bs.tbn.; hp., pno.,cb., perc.(4)
    21019 UFO Dreams
    Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble
    21019 16:00 solo euphonium; picc., fl., ob., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.; a.sax.(2), t.sax.(1 or 2), b.sax.; hn.(2), tpt.(2), tbn.(3), euph., tba.(1 or 2); pno.; timp., perc.(4)
    Orchestra
    20982 11:11 – A Dance at the Edge of the World
    for Orchestra
    20982 16:30 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl. / Cl.2 dbl. S.Sax.) 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    20985 A Child’s Garden of Dreams: Book ll 20985 40:00 3(Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 4(EbCl., B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 6 3 4(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    21784 Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
    (Arrangement of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble)
    21784 45:00 Solo Alto Sax.; 2(1st dbl. AltoFl.) 2(2nd dbl. E.H.) 4(B.Cl.) 2(2nd dbl. Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Str.
    20997 In Lonely Fields 20997 14:00 1 1(dbl. E.H.) 0 0 – 1 1 1 0; 7Perc. Str.
    21005 Music for String Orchestra 21005 17:00 String Orchestra
    21012 Symphony No. 6 – Living Earth 21012 35:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3 4(B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno./Cel. Hp. Str.
    Vocal / Choral
    20993 Five Songs
    for Soprano, Baritone and Thirteen Instruments
    20993 30:00 Solo soprano, baritone voices; 1(dbl. Picc.) 1(dbl.E.H.) 1(dbl.E-flat Cl.) 1 – 1 0 0 0; 1Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.(or Str. Quintet)
    21000 A Litany for Courage and the Seasons
    Six songs for chorus
    21000 25:00 SATB chorus; cl.; vib.
    21001 Mass 21001 105:00 Solo soprano, baritone voice; SATB choir; boy’s choir; fl.(2), ob.(2), cl.(2), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax. b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(2), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4), hp., pno., org.
    Chamber Ensemble
    FE218 Arcadia II
    Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
    FE218 solo marimba, 6perc.
    W2652 Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    Piano Reduction
    W2652 42:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    MXE52 Desert Roads
    Transcribed for Clarinet in Bb, Marimba, Vibraphone and Piano
    MXE52 Clarinet in Bb, Marimba, Vibraphone, Piano
    CY3441 Fourth Piece for Clarinet & Piano CY3441
    FE220 Montana Music
    Three Dances for Percussion
    FE220 pno., perc. (8), cb
    CY3418 Mountain Roads
    For Saxophone Quartet
    CY3418 27:00 Saxophone Quartet
    WE2 Quintet for Winds No. 1 WE2 Woodwind Quintet
    WE3 Quintet for Winds No. 2 WE3 20:00 Woodwind Quintet
    WE4 Quintet for Winds No. 3 WE4 Woodwind Quintet
    CY3458 Quintet No. 4 for Winds CY3458 20:00 Woodwind Quintet
    CY3323 Sonata for Horn and Piano CY3323 full score, hn., pno.
    CY3324 Sonata for Oboe (or Soprano Saxophone in Bb) and Piano CY3324 27:00 Piano part (score)
    MXE7 Song Book MXE7 Alto Saxophone in E flat, Marimba
    FE144 Three Pieces for Clarinet FE144 full score, cl., pno.
    FE145 Trio No. 2 for Viola,Clarinet and Piano FE145 Chamber Ensemble
    W2660 UFO Dreams
    Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble
    W2660 17:00 Piano, Euphonium
    Solo
    O5409 Masters Of Our Day O5409 Piano
    CDs
    CFD2 Landmarks CFD2 Winds

  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    Concerto for Marimba and Band
    Golden Light
    A Celebration Piece for Wind Ensemble
    In Memoriam
    for Wind Ensemble
    Mass (Book 1 – 1/2)
    for Solo Voices, Chorus, and Band
    Mass (Book 1 – 2/2)
    for Solo Voices, Chorus, and Band
    Mass (Book 2)
    for Solo Voices, Chorus, and Band
    Music for String Orchestra
    Symphony No. 4
    for Wind Ensemble
    Symphony No. 6 – Living Earth
    for Orchestra
    Traveler
    for Wind Ensemble
    UFO Dreams
    Concerto for Euphonium Wind Ensemble

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