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Morning Star (Maslanka)

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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

Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV including:

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


Errata

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 David Maslanka


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (David Kish, conductor) - 22 September 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Jennifer K. Bollero, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • New York Wind Symphony (Central Valley) (Richard Rogan, conductor) – 9 December 2017
  • 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


Works for Winds by this Composer


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