Give Us This Day

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka

Subtitle: Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $180.00; (digital) - $180.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00; (digital) - $40.00


1. Moderately Slow – 7:45
2. Very Fast – 7:10


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell (small; brass cup)
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Hand Bell
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (large)
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (4)
  • Tom-toms (3: low, medium and high)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes (metal)
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Give us This Day was commissioned by Eric Weirather, Director of Bands at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Oceanside, Calif., which is in the greater San Diego area. Eric put together a consortium to support the commission. The score was finished in October of 2005, and the premiere performance was done at Eric's school in the spring of 2006. Since then, with publication of the piece, and a lot of word of mouth, Give Us This Day has literally taken off. It continues to be performed all over the U.S., and many places around the world.

The words "give us this day" are, of course, from the Lord's Prayer, but the inspiration for this music is Buddhist. I have recently read a book by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced "Tick Not Hahn") entitled For a Future to be Possible. His premise is that a future for the planet is only possible if individuals become deeply mindful of themselves, deeply connected to who they really are. While this is not a new idea, and something that is an ongoing struggle for everyone, in my estimation it is the issue for world peace. For me, writing music, and working with people to perform music, are two of those points of deep mindfulness.

Music makes the connection to reality, and by reality I mean a true awakeness and awareness. "Give Us This Day" gives us this very moment of awakeness and aware aliveness so that we can build a future in the face of a most dangerous and difficult time.

I chose the subtitle "Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble" because the music really isn't programmatic in nature. It has a full-blown symphonic character, even though there are only two movements. The music of the slower first movement is deeply searching, while that of the highly energized second movement is at times both joyful and sternly sober. The piece ends with a modal setting of the chorale melody Vater Unser in Himmelreich ("Our Father in Heaven"), #110 from the 371 Four-Part Chorales by J.S. Bach.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: I
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: I
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: Masterworks
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class A
  • MusicFest Canada: B600


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