First Light (Maslanka)

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: David Maslanka
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $349.00; (digital) - $244.00   |   Score Only (print) - $29.00; (digital) - $19.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Electric Organ
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (large)
  • Tom-Toms (small, medium, large)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

First Light has two characters. They are marked in the musical score as “unforgettable wounds – darkness,” and “perseverance – first light.” It has been my long personal experience that no real change, no transformation, occurs without crisis. We don’t move if we don’t have to. This is as true on the societal and environmental levels as it is on the personal. We are facing huge crises in our society and in our world, with every aspect of human darkness rising to the surface. It is my faith that we, with imagination, work, and perseverance, are at the edge of a profound transformation – a movement into light.

- Program Note by composer

This work was commissioned by the United States Air Force Academy Band in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Air Force.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Symphonic Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) - 11 April 2023
  • West Texas A&M University (Canyon) Symphonic Band (Donald Lefevre, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (John Leonard, conductor) – 1 October 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Scott A. Stewart, conductor) - 25 March 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 22 March 2019
  • Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble (Tokyo, Japan) (Ray Cramer, conductor) - 20 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hagen) – 3 April 2018
  • United States Air Force Academy Band (Shanti Simon, conductor) (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – 10 February 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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