Project Description

Wind Ensemble. (1981) 35′

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Recordings

Dances and Dreams (2003)

University of Florida Wind Symphony, David A. Waybright, cond.

David Maslanka: A Child’s Garden of Dreams (2015)

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Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen K. Steele, cond., Nancy O'Neill and Saud Garland, horns

Emblems (1993)

Cincinnati Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, cond.
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Heroes, Dreams, and Icons (2001)

Heroes, Dreams, and Icons (2001)

Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Mallory Thompson, cond.
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TMEA 2011: University of Houston Wind Ensemble (2011)

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WASBE 1999 : University of Calgary Wind Ensemble (1999)

WASBE 1999 : University of Calgary Wind Ensemble (1999)

University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, Glenn D. Price, cond.

Wind Music of David Maslanka (1996)

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University of Massachusetts at Amherst Wind Ensemble, Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr., cond.

Instrumentation
Picc-2 Fl-3 Ob-3 E♭Cl B♭Cl-3 BCl CbCl Bsn-3 Cbsn SSx-2 TSx BSx | Hn-4 B♭Tpt-3 Trb-3 Euph(opt.) Tuba-2 | Hp Pno E.Org Perc-6
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Commission
Commissioned by and dedicated to John P. Paynter and Marietta Paynter and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Premiere
26 February 1982 by the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, John P. Paynter, conductor, at Pick-Staiger Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Movements

  1. There is a desert on the moon where the dreamer sinks so deeply into the ground that she reaches hell.
  2. A drunken woman falls into the water and comes out renewed and sober.
  3. A horde of small animals frightens the dreamer. The animals increase to a tremendous size, and one of them devours the little girl.
  4. A drop of water is seen as it appears when looked at through a microscope. The girl sees that the drop is full of tree branches. This portrays the origin of the world.
  5. An ascent into heaven where pagan dances are being celebrated; and a descent into hell where angels are doing good deeds.


Program Note

A Child’s Garden of Dreams was commissioned by John and Marietta Paynter for the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. It was composed in the summer of 1981 and premiered by Northwestern in 1982.

The following material is from Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung:

A very important case came to me from a man who was himself a psychiatrist. One day he brought me a handwritten booklet he had received as a Christmas present from his ten-year-old daughter. It contained a whole series of dreams she had had when she was eight. They made up the weirdest series of dreams I had ever seen, and I could well understand why her father was more than just puzzled by them. Though childlike, they were uncanny, and contained images whose origin was wholly incomprehensible to the father….

In the unabridged German original, each dream begins with the words of the old fairy tale: “Once upon a time….” By these words the little dreamer suggests that she felt each dream were a sort of fairy tale, which she wants to tell her father as a Christmas present. The father tried to explain the dreams in terms of their context. But he could not do so because there appeared to be no personal associations with them….

[The little girl] died of an infectious disease about a year after that Christmas….”

[The dreams were a preparation for death, expressed through short stories, like the tales told at primitive initiations.]

The little girl was approaching puberty and at the same time, the end of her life. Little or nothing in the symbolism of her dreams points to the beginning of a normal adult life…. When I first read her dreams, I had the uncanny feeling that they suggested impending disaster….

These dreams open up a new and rather terrifying aspect of life and death. One would expect to find such images in an aging person who looks back upon life, rather than to be given them by a child…. Their atmosphere recalls the old Roman saying, “Life is a short dream,” rather than the joy and exuberance of its springtime…. Experience shows that the unknown approach of death casts an adumbratio (an anticipatory shadow) over the life and dreams of the victim. Even the altar in Christian churches represents, on the one hand, a tomb, and on the other, a place of resurrection – the transformation of death into eternal life.”

I have selected five of the twelve dreams as motifs for the movements of this composition:

  1. There is a desert on the moon where the dreamer sinks so deeply into the ground that she reaches hell.
  2. A drunken woman falls into the water and comes out renewed and sober.
  3. A horde of small animals frightens the dreamer. The animals increase to a tremendous size, and one of them devours the little girl.
  4. A drop of water is seen as it appears when looked at through a microscope. The girl sees that the drop is full of tree branches. This portrays the origin of the world.
  5. An ascent into heaven where pagan dances are being celebrated; and a descent into hell where angels are doing good deeds.
Program note by David Maslanka. Excerpts from pp. 69-75 of Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung. New York: Doubleday, 1964.


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