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Tears

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka


General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: 13:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score & Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $25.00


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
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Celesta
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gongs (4) (small to medium)
  • Marimba
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle (small)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The title Tears comes from my reading of the novel Monnew by the African writer Ahmadou Kourouma. His story tells of the dissolution of a traditional African culture as Europeans overran it. The native people were made to endure the "monnew" -- the insults, outrages, trials, contempts, and humiliations –- of colonialism. A chapter heading in Kourouma's book reads, "Our tears will not be abundant enough to make a river, nor our cries of pain sharp enough to extinguish fires." This is the external motivation for the piece, but I don't know anyone in Africa directly. I have come to understand that fascination with something in the external world means that a thing deep inside has been touched. So the piece is about something in me. Over the years my music has acted as predictor for me. It gives me advance nonverbal messages about things I don't understand yet –- movements of my unconscious that are working their way toward the light.

Tears finally is about inner transformation, and about groping toward the voice of praise. As St. Francis and St. Ignatius have it, the proper function of the human race is to sing praise. Tears is about inner breaking, and coming to terms with the pain that hinders the voice of praise; Tears is about the movement toward the heart of love.

My dear friend Richard Beale has captured these thoughts in a brief and powerful poem:

Unless tears come to wash my eyes
I will not see again.
Unless I lift my arms in gratitude for pain
They will lack the strength to harvest daffodils.

from Silence and the Gift by Richard Beale, St. Andrew's Press, Big Island, Virginia.

- Program Note by David Maslanka


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

Sample download; University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble (Malcom W. Rowell, Jr., conductor)


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • San Francisco Wind Symphony (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) – 28 September 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (James Jackson, conductor) – 2 November 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John E. Williamson, conductor) – 17 October 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Michael Roeder, conductor) - 9 February 2017
  • Bethel College (North Newton, Kansas) Wind Ensemble (Chris David Westover, conductor) – 23 November 2015
  • California Polytechnic State University All-State Festival Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 21 April 2013
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Lawrence R. Sutherland, conductor) - 7 November 2012
  • Florida International University Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, Conductor) - 26 February 2011
  • Pennsylvania All-State Concert Band (Eric Hinton) - 2009


Works for Winds by this Composer


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