Seeker, The

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

Subtitle: A Symphonic Movement

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 9:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maslanka Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $299.00; (digital) - $209.00   |   Score Only (print) - $99.00; (digital) - $69.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Metal Piece (hanging)
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (large)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom (small, medium, large)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Seeker, a symphonic movement for wind ensemble, was composed by David Maslanka in 2016, commissioned by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors' Association.

The Seeker draws its name from the Buddhist tradition, in which Buddhist followers are “the seekers” after enlightenment. Mr. Maslanka writes “it can be said that we are all seekers on this path, the path to self-understanding, of the heart of compassion, of caring for the world.”

The Seeker opens with a slow melody that feels like an Appalachian folk song. It transitions suddenly and sharply into the main body of the work, an energetic and exuberant romp at a very speedy tempo. The melody returns in the context of a chorale, a recomposition of Christe, der du bist tag und licht (Christ, you who are day and light) from the 371 four-part chorales of Johann Sebastian Bach. The movement concludes with a partial recap of the fastmusic, and a very brief coda.

The Seeker is also the last finished piece of Mr. Maslanka, prior to his passing on August 6, 2017. The composition is a truly remarkable gem, summarizing the truly profound and wonderful output of wind ensemble music that Mr. David Maslanka created in his lifetime.

- Program Note from James Madison University Wind Symphony concert program 4 October 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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