From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 30:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maslanka Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $299.00   |   Score Only (print) - $119.00


1. Chorale - You are One in Three
2. Chorale - O Sacred Head Now Wounded
3. Chorale - Jesus, You Who have Rescued My Soul
4. A Litany for Courage and the Seasons


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (1 dbl. Picc. Tpt., Flugelhorn)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Tenor Voice


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The psychologist Carl Jung has described the first half of life as devoted to the establishment of self and of place in the world, and the second half as the journey towards God. Once past the age of 70, which Gary and I both are, this focus becomes intent. With it comes an attitude of surprise, acceptance and praise – the shout of praise – for all that is. Everything is divine, and it is our clear, sharp intention to bring this understanding to the generations coming up behind us. It is my pleasure and honor to offer this music to my friend, Gary Green, as he moves onward in his music making, teaching, and mentoring – his service to the world.

This music shows once again my long-time engagement with J.S. Bach’s 371 Four-Part Chorales. I have been singing these pieces almost daily for nearly 25 years, and composing my own chorales in the old style. The practice has become an ever-deepening meditative prayer. The melodies and titles are certainly Christian in origin, yet I have come to see and feel them as a deep expression of a common humanity, transcending origin and label. Their attitudes in this composition are centered and quiet, opening the space for self reflection and the voice of praise.

Chorale melodies are the basis for the first, third, and fifth movements:

You are three in one
O Sacred Head now wounded
Jesus, You, who have rescued my soul

The final movement of Hosannas is a transcription of my 1988 composition A Litany for Courage and the Seasons. The original was for SATB chorus, clarinet, and vibraphone. The poem is by my long-time friend, Richard Beale.

A Litany for Courage and the Seasons

May the apple blossoms flower on my birthday.
May my heart be calmed if it snows on the jonquils.
May the Fall not come too soon,
And if it does may the maples splash enough color
To seem warm, not cold.
May I be thankful on Thanksgiving
Even though I might not remember what for
And joyful at Christmas for the same reason.
I am not sure that by myself
I would pray for all these things.
But if I did not pray
Not even knowing what I pray to,
I would lose my reason.
May God come and stay in my heart
Through the round of seasons.
May God make me love each season more
Though none are new.
And if I should die before
The birds come back from the South
May my spirit be waiting for them in the trees.

(January 2015)

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 3 October 2021
  • Stetson University (Deland, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Doug Phillips, conductor; Andrew Larson, tenor) – 14 February 2020
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Wind Ensemble (Lancaster, Penn.) (Michael Fansler, conductor) – 21 April 2018
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Michael Hancock, conductor) – 2 October 2017
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor; Steven Ng, tenor) – 21 February 2016
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) (Catherine Rand, conductor) – 8 October 2015
  • University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble (Gary Green, conductor; Tony Boutté, tenor) – 26 April 2015 – '*Premiere Performance*'

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