Project Description

Wind Ensemble
11 min.

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Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball, cond.
On the album Midwest Clinic 2013

University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Dominic Talanca, cond.
live recording, 21 November,2013

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  • Piccolo
  • Flute (2)
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet in B♭ (3)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭ (2)
  • Contra Alto Clarinet in E♭
  • Bassoon
  • Soprano Saxophone
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F (4)
  • Trumpet in B♭ (3)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Double Bass
  • Piano
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (4 players)
    • Vibraphone
    • Xylophone
    • Marimba (5 octave)
    • Bass Drum (2)
    • Crotales
    • Chimes
    • Suspended Cymbals (sm., med., lg.)
    • Field Drum
    • Snare 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

Requiem was commissioned by a consortium led by the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff W. Ball, Artistic Director. This music is gratefully dedicated to them, and to the following consortium members:

  • Illinois State University Wind Ensemble (Normal, IL) – Stephen K. Steele
  • Columbia University Wind Ensemble (New York, NY) – Andy Pease
  • University of Oregon Wind Ensemble (Eugene, OR) – Tim Paul
  • Texas A&M Kingsville Wind Symphony (Kingsville, TX) – Brian Shelton
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble (Weatherford, OK) – Marc Mueller
  • O’Fallon Township High School Wind Ensemble (O’Fallon, IL) – Melissa Gustafson-Hinds
  • Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble (Jonesboro, AR) – Timothy W. Oliver
  • Ridgewood Concert Band (Ridgewood, NJ) – Chris Wilhjelm
  • Brooklyn College Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Brooklyn, NY) – Jeff W. Ball
  • University of Delaware Wind Ensemble (Newark, DE) – Chad Nicholson
  • Shepherd University Wind Ensemble (Shepherdstown, WV) – Scott Hipensteel
  • Grand Street Community Band (Brooklyn, NY) – P. J. Shaver


by the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff W. Ball, Artistic Director, on 15 June, 2013 in New York City.

Their performance of David Maslanka’s Requiem was not only the highlight of their selections, but far and away the highlight of the entire concert


Requiem is a single-movement fantasia written in response to an event of the Holocaust in World War II. It is not possible truly to grasp the deaths of millions of people, but the death of one, in this case a year-old baby – brought me face-to-face with the horror and revulsion of the whole. We think that history is past, and nothing can change it. But the effects of such things as the Holocaust are still immediately with us; the open wound has not been healed. It is my feeling that music can bring closure, and it is my hope that Requiem will serve in this capacity.

Program Note


A Requiem is a Mass for the dead. This relatively brief instrumental piece with the title Requiem is not a Mass, but serves a parallel function – the need to lay to rest old things in order to turn the mind and heart toward the new.

I have an abiding interest in why humans go to war. I have recently read much about World War II, and was confronted once again with the awful fact of fifty million needless deaths. Shostakovich thought of every one of his compositions as a tombstone, and wished that he could have written a separate memorial piece for every person who died in war.

I do believe that we are in a major transitional time, and that this transition happens first in each of us. My Requiem is both for the unnamed dead of all wars, and for each person making their own inner step, saying goodbye in order to say hello.

Program Note by David Maslanka

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