In Lonely Fields

In Lonely Fields2017-03-10T18:19:37+00:00

Project Description

Solo Percussion and Chamber Orchestra
1997
14 min.

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Instrumentation

Solo Perc-2 | Fl Ob(»EH) BbCl Bsn | Hn Tpt(in C) Tbn | Vln Vla Vcl DB | Perc-5

  • Solo Percussion 1
    • Vibraphone
  • Solo Percussion 2
    • Marimba
    • Wood Block
    • Very Small Shaker
    • Practice Pad
  • Flute
  • Oboe (dbl. English Horn)
  • Clarinet in B
  • Bassoon
  • Horn
  • Trumpet in C
  • Trombone
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Required Percussion (5 players)
    • Vibraphone
    • Log Drum
    • Tenor Drum (2)
    • Slap Stick
    • Tambourine
    • Bass Drum
    • Suspended Cymbal (2 sm, 1 med, 3 lg)
    • Shaker (2 very small)
    • Practice Pad
    • Congas
    • Tam-tam
    • Maraca
    • Triangle
    • Cabasa
    • Timpani
    • Crash Cymbals (2 sm)
    • Wood Block (2)
    • Crotales (cello or bass bow)
    • Bongos
    • Tom-toms (3 sm, 1 lg)
    • Gong (med)
    • Chimes
    • Marimba
    • Bamboo Rain Tree
    • Orchestra Bells

In Memoriam

Bradley J. Lowman

Commissioned By

“In Lonely Fields” was commissioned by Robert and Mary Sue Lowman in memory of their son, and is dedicated to them, their family, and friends.

Program Note

The title “In Lonley Fields” arises out of many solitary walks in the fields and mountains near my home in western Montana. During such walks a progressive meditation developed on the life force of Bradley Lowman – on its urges and lively sense of itself, its need for resolution and movement, and on the needs of family and friends who have been left behind. I hope that this musical statement will in some way be part of that resolution.

The music has formed itself around three hymn times from the “371 Chorales” by J.S. Bach, a collection which has been the focus of my personal study for many years. The tree melodies in order of appearance are “Christ ist erstanden” (“Christ has risen”), “Herr Gott, dich loben wir” (“Lord God, we praise you”), and “Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist” (“Now we ask the Holy Spirit”). These are woven into the musical fabric of my composition and serve as structural supports for the span of the piece. The first suggests that life is forever, the second that in all things is the presence and hand of God, the third that the spirit of highest love arises out of deepest grief and loss.

“In Lonely Fields” was commissioned by Robert and Mary Sue Lowman in memory of their son, and is dedicated to them, their family, and friends.

Program note by David Maslanka

Further Reading

From the Maslanka Archive – No. 28, David in Rehearsal with Mike Fansler and the WIU Wind Ensemble

9 July 2020|0 Comments

From the Maslanka Archive features media and stories of David's life and work. This week, we are excited to feature a video of David in rehearsal with Mike Fansler and the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble from December 2011. The rehearsal footage captures an amazing realization of the "Doxology" from Symphony No. 4.

Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 106, Dances

30 June 2020|0 Comments

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week, we feature three compositions in which David experiments with dance forms: Montana Music: Three Dances for Percussion, Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, and Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Wind Ensemble.

From the Maslanka Archive – No. 26, Joseph Lulloff Performs Saxophone Concerto in Lucerne

25 June 2020|0 Comments

From the Maslanka Archive features media and stories of David's life and work. This week, we are excited to feature a classic performance of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble with Gregg Hanson leading Joseph Lulloff, Alto Saxophone and the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble from the 2001 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference.

From the Maslanka Archive – No. 12, O Earth, O Stars With Kim Risinger and Adriana Ransom

19 March 2020|0 Comments

From the Maslanka Archive features media and stories of David's life and work. This week, we are excited to feature pictures from David's residency with Stephen K. Steele at Illinois State University prior to a concert featuring David's O Earth, O Stars performed by Kim Risinger (Flute), Adriana Ransom (Cello), and the Illinois State University Wind Symphony.

Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 91, David’s Symphonies Around the World

16 March 2020|0 Comments

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week, we travel from the corn fields of Iowa - to the exciting streets of Paris - to the historic sights of northern Portugal to feature three new performances of favorite symphonies: Symphony No. 9Symphony No. 10, and Symphony No. 5.

From the Maslanka Archive – No. 10, Sea Dreams With Nancy O’Neill and Saul Garland

6 March 2020|0 Comments

From the Maslanka Archive features media and stories of David's life and work. This week, we are excited to feature pictures from David's residency with Stephen K. Steele at Illinois State University prior to a concert featuring David's Sea Dreams performed by Nancy O'Neill (Horn), Saul Garland (Horn), and the Illinois State University Wind Symphony.

Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 89, University of Texas Wind Ensemble & Symphony No. 10

2 March 2020|0 Comments

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week, we feature Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble in a new performance of Symphony No. 10 as well as an interview of Matthew Maslanka by Jerry Junkin about the genesis and completion of the symphony.

Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 88, New Performances of Recitation Book, Movement V

25 February 2020|0 Comments

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week, we feature two new amazing performances of "Fanfare and Variations on 'Durch Adams Fall'" from Recitation Book for Saxophone Quartet. We also feature a new video tutorial by Joey Resendez for altissimo fingering suggestions on the soprano saxophone.

Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 84, More Amazing Saxophone Performances

28 January 2020|0 Comments

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week, we feature three amazing performances of some of David’s best saxophone music: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble, "Very Fast" from Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, and "Finale" from Mountain Roads.

From the Maslanka Archive – No. 2, Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble

10 January 2020|0 Comments

From the Maslanka Archive features media and stories of David's life and work. This week, we feature pictures from David's residency with his longtime champion, Stephen K. Steele, and the Iridium Saxophone Quartet at Illinois State University prior to the premiere of David's Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble, as well as the concert program from the premiere on November 15, 2012.