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Mother Earth

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

Subtitle: A Fanfare

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Cost: $90.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mother Earth (A Fanfare) was commissioned by and is dedicated to Brian Silvey and the South Dearborn High School Band of Aurora, Indiana. It is based on the short poem by the influential medieval friar St. Francis of Assisi:

Praised by You, my Lord, for our sister, MOTHER EARTH,
Who nourishes us and teaches us,
Bringing forth all kinds of fruits and colored flowers and herbs.

- St. Francis of Assisi

The commission was for a three-minute fanfare piece. Each piece takes on a reason for being all its own, and Mother Earth is no exception. It became an urgent message from Our Mother to treat her more kindly! My reading at the time of writing this music was For a Future to be Possible by the Vietnamese monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. He believes that the only way forward is to be extremely alive and aware in our present moment, to become awake to the needs of our beloved planet, and to respond to it as a living entity. Music making allows us to come immediately awake. It is an instant connection to the powerful wellspring of our creativity, and opens our minds to the solution of any number of problems, including that of our damaged environment. My little piece does not solve the problem! But it is a living call to the wide-awake life, and it continues to be performed by young people around the world.

- Program Note by David Maslanka

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

Kansas: IV
Maryland: V
Minnesota: III
Wisconsin: A


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Colby College (Waterville, Me.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Thomas, conductor) – 26 October 2019
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Chad Reep, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Winds of the Mountain Empire (Big Stone Gap, Va.) (Donald Sorah, conductor) – 19 July 2019
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) – 30 May 2019
  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, Mass.) Symphonic Winds (Dominick Ferrara, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Symphonic Band (Jamal Duncan, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Lentz Campus Band (Douglas Bush, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Concert Band (Benjamin Harper, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) University Band (David Campo, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Merion Concert Band (Narberth, Penn.) (Nathan Snyder, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • Summit (N.J.) High School Wind Ensemble (Alex Bocchino, conductor) – 2 April 2019
  • University of Southern Maine (Gorham) Concert Band (Jacqueline Townsend, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • North Suburban Wind Ensemble (Libertyville, Ill.) (Don Shupe, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Longhorn Concert Band (Matthew Sedatole, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Batavia (Ill.) High School Wind Symphony (Chris Owen & Brian Van Kley, conductors) – 23 February 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – December 1 2018
  • University of San Diego (Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Malecki, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 29 October 2018
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Andrea Shabazian, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Orchestra (Bruce Mansfield, conductor) – 7 November 2018

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