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.
What do I find interesting? I am a constant and wide-ranging reader. My undergrad and graduate work was almost all music, with just minimum requirements in other areas. Since that time I have done extensive [...]
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.