From the Maslanka Archive – No. 24, David on Matters of Tempo and Dynamics

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This week, we are excited to feature an address David gave on matters of tempo and dynamics from a masterclass given at Illinois State University. David was in residency with Stephen K. Steele and the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, and he presented a masterclass with some students on his Quintet for Winds No. 3.

David spoke on the importance of not being afraid of tempo or going to extremes in dynamics.

“The reality is that once you allow yourself to think (the tempo) is possible, then it happens. If you don’t allow yourself to think that it’s possible, it doesn’t happen. The blockage is not with the fingers or the technique but with the ability to conceive.” – David Maslanka

Watch below as David gives his full remarks.

A very special thanks to Steve Steele for sharing this address with the David Maslanka Foundation.

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