“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.
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 [...]
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 [...]