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Unending Stream of Life

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka


Subtitle: Variations on 'All Creatures of Our God and King': For Symphonic Wind Ensemble


General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: David Maslanka
Cost: Score and Parts - $349.00 (Print) $244 (PDF)   |   Score Only - $159.00


Movements

1. overture - All Creatures of Our God and King - 1:45
2. seeking - 3:45
3. brooding march - 3:00
4. as you proceed to your certain end, what is the point of being alive? - 3:30
5. a hard though that turns out alright - 4:40
6. a sweet tune - 5:30
7. All Creatures of Our God and King - 2:45


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III (III doubles Contra Bassoon)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (One player doubles Eb clarinet)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal, large
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Unending Stream of Life was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, the Sacred Winds Ensemble, [Hazard, Kentucky], Scott Bersaglia, Artistic Director and Conductor, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.

- Program Note from score


Scott Bersaglia, conductor of the Sacred Winds Ensemble, asked me to write a piece in honor of the 10th anniversary of the group. The commission reads: "The new work will be a minimum of five minutes in duration...oriented around a sacred theme to be chosen by the composer." Scott offered me a selection of hymn tunes, and All Creatures of Our God and King just stood out above all the others. It is a grand tune and it inspired a whole lot of musical thought in me. The result is a good deal longer than five minutes! It is a set of seven "songs" for wind ensemble, each embodying the original tune, or relating to it in some way. This old melody, All Creatures of Our God and King, is large in spirit, and the harmonization by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which I have adopted in the Overture, is full-bodied and wonderfully satisfying.

All things of light are paralleled and powered by an element of darkness, and my variations, particularly two through five, prove in that direction. Darkness here means awareness of a deep mystery in the universe, and of the struggles that all endure in this life.

The title Unending Stream of Life comes from the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and prolific author on Buddhist subject, Thich Nhat Hanh. One statement of his stayed with me through the composition of this piece: "We are life. We are inextinguishable!"

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Heidelberg Wind Ensemble (Melbourne, Aus.) (Matt Klohs, conductor) – 18 August 2018
  • Indiana State University Wind Symphony (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 5 April 2018
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 7 October 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Maslanka, D. (2007 [2013]) Unending Stream of Life: Variations on All Creatures of Our God and King: For Symphonic Wind Ensemble [score]. Maslanka Press: [New York].