Heart Songs

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 17:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sheetmusic Plus
Cost: Score and Parts - $120.00   |   Score Only - $40.00


1. Quiet Song - 6:10
2. Song with Variations - 5:10
3. Heart Song - 5:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (small and large)
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom (medium)


Extensive errata notes may be found here.

Program Notes

The title Heart Songs comes from the image of watering the tree of life with the blood of the heart. It is my hope with this music to provide a substantial and deeply-felt piece for young players. The second and third songs are based on melodies from the 371 Chorales by J.S. Bach.

This work was commissioned by the Harwood Junior High School Band of Bedford, Texas, conducted by Joe Green. It was premiered in April of 1998 by the Harwood High School Symphonic Band, conducted by Christopher Ferrell.

- Program note by composer


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Imran Amarshi, conductor) – 19 November 2021
  • Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Black Forest Youth Wind Orchestra VJBO (Donaueschingen, Germany) (Alexander Beer, conductor) – 23 September 2018
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony I (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphonic Band (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 13 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota High School Honor Band (Emily Threinen, conductor)– 21 January 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Barry L. Houser, conductor) – 3 December 2017
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 1 March 2017
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Dan Belongia, conductor) - 1 March 2015
  • California Lutheran University Wind Ensemble (Michael D. Hart, conductor) - 16 March 2013
  • Harwood High School (Bedford, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Christopher Ferrell, conductor) - April 1998 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Maslanka website Accessed 9 February 2017
  • Maslanka, D. (2001). Heart Songs : Medium Band [score]. Carl Fischer : New York.