Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web.
From Lawrence University Conservatory of Music’s Website:
The Lawrence University Conservatory serves around 350 highly engaged, enthusiastic, and passionate students. With three degrees, four majors, two areas of emphasis, two minors, twenty-six studios, and nine large ensembles there are a multitude of ways to sculpt a musical life at Lawrence.
Our mission and vision drive everything that we do here, and it is because of this expansive foundation that the Lawrence Conservatory is consistently ranked one of the top in the nation, with growing applications and graduates who go on to change the face of the musical world, again.
Lawrence University Conservatory of Music: Inspiring performance, engaging intellect, energizing passion.
Preparing musicians to create a more thoughtful, meaningful, and beautiful world:
- Within a motivated community that cultivates artistry and excellence through rigorous training.
- Within a diverse community that fosters intellectual growth through critical inquiry and scholarship.
- Within a creative community that connects passion for music to social engagement and innovative thinking.
This week, we feature three ensembles from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in performances of David’s music: Symphony No. 4, Crown of Thorns, and Tears.
Symphony No. 4
From David’s Program Note:
The sources that give rise to a piece of music are many and deep. It is possible to describe the technical aspects of a work – its construction principles, its orchestration – but nearly impossible to write of its soul nature except through hints and suggestions.
The roots of Symphony No. 4 are many. The central driving force is the spontaneous rise of the impulse to shout for the joy of life. I feel it is the powerful voice of the earth that comes to me from my adopted western Montana, and the high plains and mountains of central Idaho. My personal experience of the voice is one of being helpless and torn open by the power of the thing that wants to be expressed – the welling-up shout that cannot be denied. I am set aquiver and am forced to shout and sing. The response in the voice of the earth is the answering shout of thanksgiving, and the shout of praise.
Out of this, the hymn tune Old Hundred, several other hymn tunes (the Bach chorales Only Trust in God to Guide You and Christ Who Makes Us Holy), and original melodies which are hymn-like in nature, form the backbone of Symphony No. 4.