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Illumination (Maslanka)

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maslanka Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $199.00   |   Score Only (print) - $34.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


  • Clarinet III, bar 103: E-flat, not E (transposed)

Program Notes

“Illumination” -- lighting up, bringing light. I am especially interested in composing music for young people that allows them a vibrant experience of their own creative energy. A powerful experience of this sort stays in the heart and mind as a channel for creative energy, no matter what the life path. Music shared in community brings this vital force to everyone. Illumination is an open and cheerful piece in a quick tempo, with a very direct A-B-A song form.

Illumination: Overture for Band was composed for the Franklin, Massachusetts', public schools. The commission was started by Nicole Wright, band director at the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin, when she discovered that my grandnephew was in her band. The piece was initially to have been for her young players, but the idea grew to make it the center of the dedication concert at the opening of Franklin’s new high school building. Rehearsals of Illumination were actually the first musical sounds made in their fine new auditorium.

- Program note by composer


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 10 November 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Lance Sample, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Campus-Community Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 13 December 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Jason Steinmetz, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Princeton (Minn.) High School Symphonic Winds (Jim Baxter, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 9 November 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band – 7 October 2019
  • New Hammer Band (Stockton, Calif.) (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 8 September 2019
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (James Markey, conductor) – 20 May 2019
  • Blythewood (S.C.) High School Wind Symphony (Quintus Wrighten, conductor) - 4 May 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) White Concert Band (Tim Pardue, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Sooner Band (Brian Wolfe, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Tiv Cumberbatch, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Concert Band (Tyler Austin, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Alexander Gonzalez, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • Kings County (New York) Concert Band (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 3 June 2018
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Brandt Payne, conductor) – 25 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka, D. (2013). Illumination: For Wind Ensemble (2013) [score]. Maslanka Press: New York.