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Cello Songs is a sonata-length work in three movements for cello and piano. Each movement is song-like in character rather than developmental – a continuous melodic evolution, traveling, over the space of the piece, from fierce to ethereal.
“Cello Songs” is one of the first of my sonata length works for solo instrument and piano. The three movements become progressively more interior. The first movement is powerfully aggressive for more than half its length, arriving at a bravura C-major climax area before finding and extended release in beautiful melody and a persistent walking rhythm.
The second movement opens with quietly veiled harmonies and colors, out of which emerges a powerful dramatic scene, as if in a dream. The movement finishes with a long and languid release of all tensions.
The third movement, marked “pure, innocent”, is ethereal and floating, never rising high in dynamics.
Remarks given on 18 April 2002 at Indiana University School of Music before a performance of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble. Other works on the concert included Montana Music: Chorale Variations and [...]
Remarks given before a performance of Montana Music: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano. Music is specifically healing. I know that I am alive today, and essentially well, because of it. Healing through music is [...]
Society of Composers Incorporated Region VIII Conference, University of Montana at Missoula. Keynote address by David Maslanka – November 20, 1998 As soon as one speaks about “truth” there will be objections. Since we live [...]
Remarks given at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Nov.15.1992, before a performance of Symphony No.3. I want to give a few thoughts on the roots of music and its purpose in human life. Music comes supposedly [...]