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Testament

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka


General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 13:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Cost: Rental


Instrumentation

Full Score (manuscript)
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Alto Sax I-II (AS 1 doubles the optional Soprano Sax part)
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tubas
String Bass
Piano
Siren (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Cymbal (1 large suspended, 1 pair crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (medium)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom Set
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A testament is a statement of belief, in this case in the power of music to harmonize and to heal. Testament was written in response to the events of 9/11. Out of the initial stunned confusion has come my firm conviction that making music is now more important than ever. In preparing to compose this piece I wrote the following poetic statement. It is both a prayer and a credo.

When I consider the darkness that we carry,
the pain we inflict – on those close to us, and on those
      we don’t even know,
the death we bring through rage, ignorance and indifference,
I say “Please God, help us to melt the rage into love,
And love into understanding and acceptance.”

When I consider a world where we are at each other’s mercy,
where evil can be done to anyone, by anyone, anywhere,
I say “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
      who trespass against us.”
Teach us how to forgive; teach us how to be forgiven,
because it is not a simple business...

When I consider music, my center, my life,
the great harmonizer, the channel of living energy,
the open channel of the soul, God’s voice in each of us,
bringing souls all over the world to peaceful union,
a living past, a living present, a living future,
I say “How beautiful it is! How beautiful it is!
      How beautiful it is!”


Testament was commissioned by a consortium of high schools and universities headed by Joseph Grzybowski, Director of Bands at L.D. Bell High School, Hurst, Texas.

- Program Note by David Maslanka


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Symphonic Winds (J. Steven Moore, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, Calif.) (Jonathan Grantham, conductor) - 8 April 2018 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Jonathan Grantham, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Wheaton North High School Wind Ensemble (Kent Krause, conductor) - 2 November 2017
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Angela Holt, conductor) – 13 September 2016
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic Band (Amy Acklin, conductor) – 18 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 18 February 2016
  • Michigan State University Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 29 September 2015
  • Florida State University Symphonic Band (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 19 April 2006


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