Illumination (Maslanka)

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maslanka Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $199.00   |   Score Only (print) - $34.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Clarinet III, m.103: E (transposed) should be E-flat.

Program Notes

“Illumination” -- lighting up, bringing light. I am especially interested in composing music for young people that allows them a vibrant experience of their own creative energy. A powerful experience of this sort stays in the heart and mind as a channel for creative energy, no matter what the life path. Music shared in community brings this vital force to everyone. Illumination is an open and cheerful piece in a quick tempo, with a very direct A-B-A song form.

Illumination: Overture for Band was composed for the Franklin, Massachusetts', public schools. The commission was started by Nicole Wright, band director at the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin, when she discovered that my grandnephew was in her band. The piece was initially to have been for her young players, but the idea grew to make it the center of the dedication concert at the opening of Franklin’s new high school building. Rehearsals of Illumination were actually the first musical sounds made in their fine new auditorium.

- Program note by composer


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • University of Hawaii, West Oahu (Kapolei, HI) Band (Christopher Smith, conductor) – 12 April 2023
  • Kaimuki Middle School (Kaimuki, HI) Symphonic Winds (Susan Ochi-Onishi, conductor) – 8 April 2023
  • Fresno (Calf.) State University Symphonic Band (Timothy Childs, conductor) - 24 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Honors Performance Series Symphonic Band (Jason Noble, conductor) – 4 February 2023 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Zachary Wadsworth, conductor) - 22 November 2022
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 24 September 2022
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 11 April 2022
  • Harlan High School (San Antonio, Tx.) Band (Andrew Tucker, conductor) – 11 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphonic Band (Scott Walker, conductor) - 30 November 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Josh Donnelly, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (T.j. Anderson, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • Wheaton (Ill.) North High School Symphonic Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 26 October 2021
  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 10 November 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Lance Sample, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Campus-Community Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 13 December 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Jason Steinmetz, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Princeton (Minn.) High School Symphonic Winds (Jim Baxter, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 9 November 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka, D. (2013). Illumination: For Wind Ensemble (2013) [score]. Maslanka Press: New York.