World Music

World Music 2017-03-13T19:19:09+00:00

Project Description

Symphony Orchestra
8 min.

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Montana 2014 All-Star Orchestra, Dr. Luis Millán, cond.
live recording from UMSO on 29 October, 2014


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Fl-2(1»Picc) Ob-2 BbCl-2 BCl Bsn-2 | Hn-2 Tpt-3 Tbn-2 BTbn Tuba | Vln-2 Vla Vc DB | Timp Perc-2

  • Flute (2) (one player doubles Piccolo)
  • Oboe (2)
  • Clarinet in B♭ (2)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭
  • Bassoon (2)
  • Horn in F (2)
  • Trumpet in B♭ (3)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Bass Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Violin (2)
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Double Bass
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (2 players)
    • Marimba
    • Vibraphone
    • Xylophone
    • Chimes
    • Orchestra Bells
    • Bass Drum
    • Suspended Cymbal (sm.)
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

the Missoula Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pam Hillygus, conductor.

Program Note

From The Self-Aware Universe by Amit Goswami:

“Know thyself.” This has been the advice through the ages of philosophers who were quite aware that our self is what organizes the world and gives it meaning; to know the self along with nature was their comprehensive objective. Modern science’s embracing of material realism changed all that; instead of being united with nature, consciousness became separate from nature, leading to a psychology separate from physics. This minimalist world view exiled us from the enchanted world in which we lived, and condemned us to an alien world. Now we live like exiles in this alien land; who but an exile would risk destroying this beautiful earth with nuclear war and environmental pollution?

World Music was written for the Missoula, Montana Youth Symphony Orchestra. It is a single movement, very open and engaging piece. The title World Music comes from a desire to embrace the whole world with musical sound. This piece is dedicated to my belief that music making can release and alter violence, and in so doing, eventually transform the whole world. I wish all of us to be part of that transformation.

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

The Nature of Consciousness: Correspondence

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We'd love to encourage you to write to David with questions or comments that you have about his music. He loves hearing your thoughts and feelings. Get in touch on the Contact page. June 6, [...]

  • 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.

Remarks before the premiere of A Child’s Garden of Dreams, Book 2

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Remarks made 7 December 2008 in Boone, NC before the premiere of A Child's Garden of Dreams, Book 2, by the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, James Allen Anderson, conductor. I'm not going to say [...]

Some things that are true: Reflections on being an artist at the end of the 20th century

20 November 1998|0 Comments

Society of Composers Incorporated Region VIII Conference, University of Montana at Missoula. Keynote address by David Maslanka – November 20, 1998 As soon as one speaks about “truth” there will be objections. Since we live [...]

An Analytical Study of David Maslanka’s A Child’s Garden of Dreams

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The five movements of A Child's Garden of Dreams are inspired by five dreams selected from Carl Jung's Man and His Symbols. Dr. David Booth's doctoral dissertation on A Child's Garden of Dreams provides an analysis of each of the work's five [...]