In Memoriam (Maslanka)

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $85.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Anvil
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Rin
  • Suspended Cymbal, large
  • Suspended Cymbal, small
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom, medium
  • Triangle, small
  • Triangle, large
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


  • Horn in F I-II, m.219: Bar 219 in the part is missing, see score.

Program Notes

On March 5, 1988, Susan Eck Lichtenwalter passed away at the age of 44 following a thirteen-month illness. Shortly after her premature death, the students of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Texas at Arlington approached her husband, Director of Bands Ray C. Lichtenwalter, expressing their desire to honor her memory by commissioning a major work for the UTA Wind Ensemble and the wind band repertoire. This work by David Maslanka is the result of the students' expression of love and caring.

A graduate of Westminster Choir College and a life-long participant in church music as an organist and choir director, Susan's life exemplified her unswerving Christian faith and her commitment to music as a vehicle for that expression. As a motif for this work, Mr. Maslanka chose one of her favorite hymn tunes, Wernur den lieben Gott lasst walten (If you but trust in God to guide you). The chorale prelude setting for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach was frequently used in Susan's musical programming.

The opening declamatory statement of the hymn-tune by the brass and percussion, and then by the full ensemble, sets the stage for a work which dramatically captures the conflict and celebration of human life and emotion. The main body of In Memoriam is a large fantasia interweaving variations on the hymn-tune with related thematic material. The quiet conclusion continues the variation process. It offers the listener a sense of peace and strength as expressed in the text of the 17th-century hymn:

If you but trust in God to guide you
And place your confidence in him,
You'll find him always there beside you,
To give you hope and strength within.
For those who trust God's changeless love
Build on the rock that will not move.

- Program Note by Ray C. Lichtenwalter

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