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Mother Earth

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka

Subtitle: A Fanfare

General Info

Year: 2003 / 2006
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00


Full Score
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • 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


State Ratings

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


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Traverse City West Senior High (Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Chad Mielens, conductor) - 18 May 2022
  • Clovis (Calif.) West High School Wind Symphony (Bryan Chesi, conductor) – 22 April 2022 (2022 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) - 8 December 2021
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Andrea E. Brown, conductor) -15 October 2021
  • Newberry (S.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Jerry Gatch, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) - 9 March 2021
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Winds (Timothy Smith, conductor) – 15 March 2020
  • Perrysburg (Ohio) High School Wind Ensemble (Scott Schleuter, conductor) - 9 March 2020
  • Houghton (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Timothy McGarvey, conductor) – 21 February 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 11 February 2020
  • University of the West Indies Arts (St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago) Wind Ensemble (Leslie Clement, conductor) – 30 November 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • 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
  • Houston County High School (Warner Robins, Ga.) Wind Symphony (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 16 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

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