Young Solo Piano
my godson Hayden Wubbenhorst on the occasion of his baptism
The eight variations that constitute this piece are bound by the right-hand melody of the theme, which occurs in each in ornamented, but recognizable form. There is an additional reference to the tempo changes in mm. 6 and 12 of the theme in virtually all of the variations. It is these two factors that should be projected in a performance of the piece to allow the listener to follow the composer’s reference to the theme and its use as a structural block for all that follows. The composer describes the reference to the dream at the head of the score as “…one I had while writing the piece. It was a dream just before waking, and as I came to full consciousness I could feel the image—and the ability to speak to the birds— dissolving just out of reach. I hope the music has captured some of the mystery of that experience.”
Program Note by David Maslanka
David Maslanka: Works for Younger Wind Ensembles
Here are more than twenty works for wind ensemble, arranged in approximate ascending order of difficulty, with commentary by David Maslanka
Recording the Wind Ensemble Music of David Maslanka
Mark Morette of Mark Custom Recording shares his extensive experience in recording wind ensembles.