Morning Star (Maslanka)

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 1997 / 1999
Duration: 8:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $250.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $59.95


Full Score
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
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-f;at Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV including:

  • Bass Drum (2)
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Crash Cymbals (medium)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Medium)
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (2: small and large)
  • Tam-tam (2)
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum (2)
  • Tom-toms (6)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I was asked to write a celebratory piece for the opening of the wonderful new concert hall at Grand Ledge High. Morning Star was a surprise to me. In planning the piece, I came up with a great many ideas -- enough for three or four pieces. When it came time to compose, I suddenly discarded all of that material and took up a little tune that came to mind. The result is a happy piece, a concept which does not usually attach itself to my music. The piece is a rondo shape with the "A" portions being sets of variations on the brief theme. There are 32 variations in all. The orchestration, while offering enough to brass and percussion, strongly emphasizes wind color and open sounds.

Morning Star is about beginnings: the dawning of a new day, the opening of a new hall, the beginning of adult life for the young people who premiered the piece, and for those who are playing it now."

Morning Star was commissioned by the Grand Ledge, Michigan, High School Wind Symphony, Michael Kaufman, conductor. It was premiered by them in May of 1997.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All-College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 8 November 2017
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 9 November 2017
  • West Texas A&M University (Canyon) Symphonic Band (Don LeFevre, conductor) – 15 March 2017 (CBDNA 2017 National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (David Thornton, conductor) – 4 December 2016
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 15 October 2015
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