Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web.
From David’s Program Note:
Mother Earth was composed for the South Dearborn High School Band of Aurora, Indiana, Brian Silvey, conductor. The commission was for a three-minute fanfare piece. Each piece takes on a reason for being all its own, and Mother Earth is no exception. It became an urgent message from Our Mother to treat her more kindly!
My reading at the time of writing this music was For a Future to be Possible by the Vietnamese monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. He believes that the only way forward is to be extremely alive and aware in our present moment, to become awake to the needs of our beloved planet, and to respond to it as a living entity.
Music making allows us to come immediately awake. It is an instant connection to the powerful wellspring of our creativity, and opens our minds to the solution of any number of problems, including that of our damaged environment. My little piece does not solve the problem! But it is a living call to the wide-awake life, and it continues to be performed by young people around the world.
Watch below as Lio Kuok Man leads the Macau Wind Symphony in a rousing performance from August 2019.
Watch below as Altor Flaxinet performs a unique arrangement of this work using three instruments and five parts.
Watch below as Maestro Fox leads a score study session on Mother Earth.
For more information on Mother Earth, please visit Mother Earth @ davidmaslanka.com
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