Tears: Montana Music No. 5

Tears: Montana Music No. 52017-03-13T19:03:02+00:00

Project Description

Viola, Cello, Bassoon, and Piano
12 min.

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Apple Hill Chamber Players
John Steinmetz, bassoon; Doris Lederer, viola; Marlene Shaw, cello; Eric Stumacher, piano
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Program Note

Tears: Montana Music No. 5 was written at the request of my bassoonist friend, John Steinmetz. It is in a single movement, running about 14 minutes. The viola-cello-bassoon-piano ensemble is unusual, with concentrated emphasis on low and dark tones. Tears is about inner transformation, about groping through darkness to the voice of praise and the heart of love. The groping is expressed by a kind of unrelenting and rising musical pressure which finally bursts at an extended high point, subsiding to a whisper at the close.

Further Reading

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Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week, we remember the life of David Maslanka and Alison Matthews with unforgettable performances of Symphony No. 4, "Song for Alison" from Song Book for Alto Saxophone and Marimba, and Symphony No. 10: The River of Time.

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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.