UFO Dreams: Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble

UFO Dreams: Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble 2017-03-18T20:31:48+00:00

Project Description

Solo Euphonium and Wind Ensemble
1999
17 min.

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Matthew Maslanka, Euphonium, Hellgate High School Wind Ensemble, John Combs, cond.
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Matthew Maslanka, euphonium, Georgia State University Symphonic Winds, Robert J. Ambrose, cond.
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Instrumentation

Solo Euph | Picc Fl Ob BbCl-3 BCl CbCl Bsn ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn-2 Tpt-2 Tbn-3 Euph Tuba | Pno Timp Perc-4

  • Solo Euphonium
  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe 
  • Clarinet in B♭ (3)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭
  • Contrabass Clarinet in E♭
  • Bassoon
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F (2)
  • Trumpet in B♭ (2)
  • Trombone (3)
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Piano
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (4 players)
    • Vibraphone
    • Crotales
    • Xylophone
    • Orchestra Bells
    • Slap Stick
    • Snare Drum
    • Suspended Cymbal (2 sm., 1 med., 1 lg.)
    • Hi Hat Cymbal
    • Tenor Drum
    • Bass Drum
    • Chimes
    • Wood Block (sm.)
    • Triangle (2 sm.)
    • Bongo (sm.)
    • Crash Cymbal
    • Gong (lg.)
    • Tam-tam
    • Sizzle Cymbal
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.

Movements

  1. Fantasy Variations: “The Water is Wide”
  2. Home Planet – where do you come from? who are you?
  3. Variations: “From the Bottom of my Heart”

Commissioned by

and dedicated to the Hellgate High School Wind Ensemble (Missoula, Montana), John H. Combs, director

Completion

29 January 1999, Missoula, Montana

Program Note

In brass-player slang, the euphonium is the “eupho.” I have punned this into “UFO,” giving it an altogether different twist. I wanted to throw our “life-on-earth” experiece into sharp relief by suggesting a cosmic origin and connection for the human spirit. In any case, my son Matthew, for whom this piece was written, is convinced that I am from another planet!

The concerto is in the traditional three movements. The first is based on the English folk song “The Water is Wide.” This is a beautiful song that my wife used to sing to the children when they were very young. The movement consists of two sets of variations on the melody, separated by a central digression. The second movement – “Home Planet – Who are you? Where do you come from?” – is a dream of distant origins. My choice of this title is still a mystery to me, but it feels quite right. The last movement is again a set of variations, this time on a melody from the bach Chorale book. The title of the tune is “Aus meines Herzens Grunde” (“From the Bottom of My Heart”). The music is bold and spirited, and expresses my wish for Matthew’s life and cosmic journey.

Program note by David Maslanka.

Further Reading

  • David Maslanka: Music for Young Wind Ensembles

David Maslanka: Works for Younger Wind Ensembles

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Here are more than twenty works for wind ensemble, arranged in approximate ascending order of difficulty, with commentary by David Maslanka

  • Mark Morette and David Maslanka

Recording the Wind Ensemble Music of David Maslanka

25 February 2015|0 Comments

Mark Morette of Mark Custom Recording shares his extensive experience in recording wind ensembles.