Heart Songs

Heart Songs 2017-03-09T20:39:18+00:00

Project Description

Wind Ensemble
1997
17 min.

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Rugters Wind Ensemble, William Berz, cond.
On the album Band Songs (2005)

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Instrumentation

Fl-2 Ob B♭Cl-3 BCl CACl Bsn ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn-2 Tpt-2 Trb-2 Euph Tuba | Timp Perc-4
  • Flute (2)
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet in B♭ (3)
  • Bass Clarinet in
  • Contrabass Clarinet in E♭
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Horn in F (2)
  • Trumpet (2)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (4 players)
    • Vibraphone
    • Xylophone
    • Marimba
    • Tom-tom (med)
    • Tam-tam
    • Crash Cymbals
    • Snare Drum
    • Gong (sm or med)
    • Tambourine
    • Sleigh Bells
    • Tenor Drum
    • Chimes
    • Crotales (or Orchestra Bells)
    • Orchestra Bells
    • Maracas
    • Suspended Cymbal (sm and lg)
    • Bass Drum
    • Cabasa
For wind ensembles and concertos, please use one player per part. For symphonies and concert pieces, more players may be used as desired. David’s full statement.

Commissioned by

Harwood Junior High School Band (Bedford, TX), Christopher Ferrell, cond.; Joe Gunn, former conductor.

Errata

Pitches given as transposed.

(items) are present in some sets of parts

Compiled by Todd Stalter, Director of Bands, Eureka (IL) High School and Beth Hildenbrand, student teacher, Illinois State University.

  • I. Quiet Song
    • 7, 8 BCl B4, not G3
    • 13 Cl 2 omit extra B3
    • 23 Tuba rhythm is correct but notes should be Bb2, D3, C3
    • 26, 27 BCl B4, not G3
    • 36 Cl1 slur from m. 36, beat 3 to m. 37, beat 1
    • 51 all parts 4/4
    • 52 all parts 3/4
    • 57 Cl 2 omit extra E3
    • 57 Cl 2 F#, not F natural
    • 57 CbCl, BSx p at end of bar
    • 64 Fl 1 has the entire line containing music at rehearsal 64 mistakenly reprinted on the 2nd page in the part only
    • 69 Cl 2 beat 3 C4, not B3
    • 70 Cl 1 beat 3+ E4, not D4
    • 77 Cl 1 beat 4 B3, not A3
  • II. Song with Variations
    • 28 Tax, Euph accent beat 2 half note
    • 20, 33 Score, parts missing beginning repeat barline
    • 33 BCl, Tax, BSx tie over on 1st X; articulate downbeat on 2nd X.
    • CbCl, Tpt 2, Hn, Tba accent, staccato beat 1
    • 37 Cl 2,3 remove slur
    • 37-8 Tpt 1 articulate like Cl 2,3 (37: accent beat 1, accent staccato beats 3, 4; 38 accent beat 1, accent staccato quarter notes)
    • 47-57 Euph A-natural not Ab throughout
    • 47 BCl all B naturals
    • 50 All winds should have a slur going from the eighth notes to the staccato quarter note on beat 2.
    • 50 Cl 1 beat 4 accent, staccato
    • 59 Timp ff
    • 60-2 Timp accent all notes
    • 63 Perc 1 accent beat 4
    • CbCl beat 4 8th notes C4, B3 (col. low winds/brass)
    • 67 Perc 1 beat 1 8th/8th rest
    • 67, 70 BCl, CbCl, Bn, TSx, BSx, Tbn, Euph, Tuba breath mark right before beat 4, not 4+
    • 69 Cl 3 beat 5 remove Ab accidental
    • 71 Perc 1 accent beat 1, 2
    • 71 Hn 1, 2 beat 4 colla m. 68, beat 4
    • 91 Cl 1 beat 3 G4, not F4 (colla oboe)
    • 104 Fl, Tax, BSx f
  • III. Heart Song
    • 1 ASx beats 3-4 E5 F5 E5 D5, not C5 D5 C5 B3
    • 11 Tpt 1 tie over B-nat3 not C4
    • 14 ASx 1 mp
    • 14 Tax p
    • 27 Euph beat 1 p
    • 29 BCl, ASx, TSx cresc.
    • 31 CbCl mf cresc.
    • 37 Ob beat 1-2 C5 not D5
    • 41 BCl key signature has two F#’s
    • 57 Tax beat 3 F#4, not G4
    • 58 Oboe remove tenuto on beat 4+
    • 58 Cl 1 beat 4 slur 8ths, remove tent on beat 4+
    • 67 Perc 1 beat 4+ Bb3, not C4
    • 61 ASx 1, Tpt 1, tie beat 1+ to beat 2, colla oboe
    • 68 ASx beat 1 E4, not D4; beat 1+-4 A4, not G4
    • 89 BCl rehearsal mark [82] misplaced
    • 90 Tbn ff
    • 96 Cl 1 beat 4 pp
    • 97 Cl 3 beat 4 remove A4; beat 3 should be half note D4

Movements

  1. Quiet Song
  2. Song with Variations
  3. Heart Song

Program Note

The title “Heart Songs” comes from the image of watering the tree of life with the blood of the heart. It is my hope with this music to provide a substantial and deeply-felt piece for young players. The second and third songs are based on melodies from the 371 Chorales by J.S. Bach.

Further Reading

  • David Maslanka shakes Li Fangfang's hand after a performance of Symphony No. 4 by the Beijing Wind Orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

Maslanka in China

6 August 2016|0 Comments

David Maslanka shakes the hand of Li Fangfang after a powerful performance of Symphony No. 4 by the Beijing Wind Orchestra at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Li invited David to participate in the 2016 Asia Pacific Band Directors Association Conference.