Matthew Maslanka

Matthew Maslanka

About Matthew Maslanka

Owner, Maslanka Press. Matthew helps connect David Maslanka's music with the world, making it accessible, easy to find, and beautifully produced. Matthew has a passion for music engraving, fine typography, and information display.

David Maslanka (1943-2017)

By |August 7th, 2017|

David Maslanka died during the night of August 6th, 2017 at home. He had been diagnosed with a severe form of colon cancer in June. His wife, Alison, died on July 3rd of this year. He declined rapidly following her passing. He is survived by his children, Stephen, Matthew, and Kathryn.

Honorary Doctorate from St. Olaf College

By |August 5th, 2016|

David Maslanka was honored with an honorary doctorate by St. Olaf College. Here’s the entire ceremony:

The following is the full text of Dr. Timothy Mahr’s and David Maslanka’s remarks.

Dr. Timothy Mahr’s remarks [starts at 11:50]

On the nomination of the faculty, and with the approval of the St. Olaf Board of Regents, it is my […]

January Update

By |January 19th, 2016|

Midwest 2015

Maslanka Press exhibited at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago this past December for the first time. We were excited to welcome so many enthusiastic friends to the back corner of the McCormick Center. We expect this to be the first of many appearances at festivals and conventions across the United States and around […]

8 Questions for David Maslanka

By |January 2nd, 2016|

The following is from an email exchange with Natasha Rotondaro, a grade 12 student from Emily Carr Secondary School in Vaughn, Ontario
Natasha Rotondaro: What is your musical background?

David Maslanka: I began clarinet studies at age nine. As a high school student I took lessons at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and played […]

Maslanka Experiences: Sam Ormson

By |December 17th, 2015|

This is a guest post from Sam Ormson, director of bands at Mountain View High School, Vancouver, Washington. We asked him to talk about his experiences with David’s music. He shared this remarkable essay.
June 2015: 1st movement, Symphony 9. As the final piano notes decay into the silence of our auditorium, I lower my […]

Accessible Works, Updated Music, and WASBE 2015 Wrap-up

By |July 23rd, 2015|

Works for Younger Wind Ensembles
We’ve just posted a two-part series going over David’s more accessible works for wind ensemble. Read part 1, talking about how directors might think about selecting new music and part 2, a listing (in order of difficulty) of works with commentary by David himself.
New Works
Saint Francis (2015) 18′ Grade 5-6 for wind ensemble. […]

The Nature of Consciousness: Correspondence

By |June 9th, 2015|

We’d love to encourage you to write to David with questions or comments that you have about his music. He loves hearing your thoughts and feelings. Get in touch on the Contact page.

June 6, 2015: Mark Weidenaar wrote David with the following question:

How does your knowledge of consciousness impact the music you write, and […]

Remarks before the Trombone Concerto Premiere

By |January 30th, 2015|

Remarks given at the premiere performance of the Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, October 2007; Miami, Florida

In the words of the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, “We are life, we are inextinguishable.” The reasons for living or dying, especially dying, and especially when someone close to us passes, are all too often inscrutable. […]

Restoring the Trombone Concerto’s original Hard Mode

By |January 30th, 2015|

In the second movement of David Maslanka’s Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, there is an extended and demanding technical section from m. 108 to m. 256, about four minutes of nearly continuous playing. It rests in the upper tessitura of the trombone range, mostly between D3 and C4, and alternates between very loud […]

What young composers need (2013)

By |May 1st, 2014|

This is an email message sent 13 April 2013 to Roger Briggs, composition chair, and Chris Bianco, director of bands, at Western Washington University. David had just returned from working with the wind ensemble and student composers.
Hi Roger,

I am very glad that we had some time together, and thanks again for sharing your beautiful […]

Remarks before the premiere of A Child’s Garden of Dreams, Book 2

By |April 17th, 2014|

Remarks made 7 December 2008 in Boone, NC before the premiere of A Child’s Garden of Dreams, Book 2, by the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, James Allen Anderson, conductor.

I’m not going to say too much about the music here, but I do want to comment on how things go. The original Child’s Garden of Dreams […]

Interview with Russell Peterson (1998)

By |April 2nd, 2014|

Russell Peterson, professor of saxophone at Lawrence University in Appleton WI, interviewed David Maslanka on 30 November 1998 after premieres of Mountain Roads for saxophone quartet, commissioned and performed by the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet and Song Book for alto saxophone and marimba, commissioned and performed by Steve Jordheim and Dane Richeson there. This interview […]

A Study of David Maslanka’s Unending Stream of Life (2011)

By |March 9th, 2014|

This is Scott Hippensteel’s excellent dissertation from 2011 on Unending Stream of Life. He situates David’s music in wind ensemble literature, discusses his style, and expertly analyses the piece itself. His recommendations for conductors preparing the work are especially helpful.

A Study of David Maslanka’s Unending Stream of Life

This study presents an overview […]