Hymn for World Peace

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 11:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maslanka Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $349.00; (digital) - $244.00   |   Score Only (print) - $79.00; (digital) - $54.00


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

  • Bass Drum (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title, Hymn for World Peace, came from the simple thought that if we want world peace, we can begin as individuals to ask for it. Music making opens hearts and creates peace in individuals and communities. This is a powerful step as musicians that we can take.

- Program Note by composer

Hymn for World Peace utilizes many of the compositional techniques that have come to be known as hallmarks of David Maslanka, from tutti renditions of Christian hymns to quickly arpeggiated ostinatos. The piece opens with a quiet clarinet theme, gradually transformed into a brash, dissonant melody. When the original theme returns, this time slightly more assured, it flowers into a hymn-like section punctuated by high woodwind runs. The piece finally settles into a beautiful duet between piano and soprano saxophone, closing on a single, introspective clarinet tone.

- Program Note from Michigan State University Symphony Band concert program, 21 October 2021

Hymn for World Peace was commissioned by the Clarence (N.Y.) High School Symphonic Band, Louis Vitello, conductor. The commission was made possible through the generous support of the Clarence High School Band Boosters in celebration of the 50th annual Concert at Kleinhaus Music Hall in Buffalo, N.Y.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) - 21 October 2021
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Kraig Alan Williams, conductor) - 9 October 2021
  • Heidelberg Wind Ensemble (Melbourne, Aus.) (Stephen Carpenter, conductor) – 18 August 2018
  • Clarence (N.Y.) High School Symphonic Band (Louis Vitello, conductor) – 29 May 2015 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka, D. (2014). Hymn for World Peace: For Wind Ensemble (2014) [score]. Maslanka Press: New York, N.Y.
  • Perusal score
  • Stotter, Douglas. "Hymn for World Peace." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 550-554. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.