Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web.
Each December, Maslanka Weekly will feature the best performances of David’s most popular works that were uploaded to the web that calendar year. This December, we will feature the best performances uploaded to the web in 2019, highlighting a different work each week. We continue this week by showcasing five extraordinary performances of Symphony No. 4 from 2019.
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.
Watch below as Ángel Crespo García leads the Banda Sinfónica de la Societat Musical d’Alzira in a performance uploaded to the internet on February 1, 2019.
Watch below as Cormac Cannon leads the USC Wind Ensemble in a performance from September 22, 2019.
Watch below as José Oliver Riojas leads the UIC Wind Ensemble in a performance from March 11, 2019.
Watch below as Geir Holm leads the Greåker Musikkorps in a performance from April 5, 2019.
Scroll to 52:00 and watch below as Andrew Mast leads the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble in a performance from May 18, 2019.
For more information on Symphony No. 4, please visit Symphony No. 4 @ davidmaslanka.com
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