Mother Earth

Mother Earth2020-06-30T00:54:51+00:00

Project Description

Wind Ensemble
3 min.

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The St. Olaf Band, Timothy Mahr, cond.
On the album Inner Visions, The Music of David Maslanka

University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony, Andrew Boysen, cond.
On the album The Music of David Maslanka

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Preview Score


Picc Fl Ob BbCl-3 BCl Bsn ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn Tpt-3 Tbn-3 Euph Tuba | Timp Perc-4

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet in B♭ (3)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭
  • Bassoon
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trumpet in (3)
  • Trombone (3)
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (4 players)
    • Orchestra Bells (2)
    • Xylophone
    • Vibraphone
    • Crash Cymbals
    • Chimes
    • Tom-toms (High, Med., Low)
    • Suspended Cymbal (lg.)
    • Tenor Drum
    • Bass Drum
    • Tam-tam
For wind ensembles and concertos, please use one player per part. For symphonies and concert pieces, more players may be used as desired. David’s full statement.

Commissioned by

South Dearborn (Indiana) High School Band, Brian Silvey, cond.

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.

Program Note by David Maslanka

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