Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (Maslanka)

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maslanka Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $349.00; (digital) - $244.00   |   Score Only (print) - $179.00; (digital) - $124.00


1. Lamentation - 12:45
2. Dance - 13:25


Full Score
Solo Clarinet
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (II doubles alto flute)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum, small
  • Suspended Cymbal, large
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle, large
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block, small and large
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This concerto is in two large movements, having relationship to old forms such as the toccata and fugue -- a free improvisatory movement followed by a rhythmically energized and formally strict second movement. The expressive antecedents are more Romantic -- composers such as Franz Liszt and Carl Maria von Weber -- powerful expression and a ripping-good technical challenge for the soloist.

Program Note 1

While this concerto is distinctly a modern piece, it has strong Classical and Romantic antecedents. The Classical elements are the simple title, which offers no sense of story, the movement titles Lamentation and Dance, which are only very general indications of attitude, and the very direct formal construction, particularly of the second movement. I might even say that formally the piece harkens back to the Baroque toccata and fugue -- a free improvisatory movement followed by a strictly formal and rhythmically energized second movement.

The Romantic elements are in the qualities of expression. I have long counted Franz Liszt as a spiritual ancestor, and as a young clarinetist I made my way through the concerto pieces of Carl Maria von Weber -- lots of notes, speed, and powerful personal expression in both these composers.

And yet this is very much a piece of our time. We are going through a major world change, possibly the major world change, with technological advances whipping us along at incredible speeds. With the advent of instant communication and information we are at last beginning to see and understand the human race as one entity, and in immediate relationship with the rest of creation. This huge shift requires intense dream time, especially conscious dream time, and music powerfully opens this dream space. Lamentation: a deep mourning as we view our personal troubles, and the troubles of the world; Dance: a springing leap forward into a new world.

Program Note 2

The Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble grows out of my life-long association with the clarinet. It was my beginning instrument over sixty years ago, and has stayed with me all through the years. I have written many pieces for it, and it is now a deeply personal voice through which my music speaks freely and passionately.

This concerto is full of deep feeling, but it does not have a personal story. The two movements, Lamentation and Dance, present the classic masks of tears and laughter. Lamentation is very interior and very beautiful -- it breaks my heart. Dance unfolds in the old sonata form with clear melodies, a bubbling and sometimes urgent energy, and a final release into beautiful quiet.

- Program Note by composer


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