Symphony VII (Maslanka)

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 34:10
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: David Maslanka
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $152.25


1. Moderate - 10:10
2. Slow - 7:20
3. Very Fast - 8:35
4. Moderately Slow - 7:55


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (II doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II (II doubling Contra)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (I doubling Piccolo Trumpet)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells, small
  • Bongos
  • Buddhist Meditation Bell (small)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Hammered Dulcimer (optional) (small)
  • Hand Chimes (optional)
  • High Toms
  • Log Drums
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Rain Tree
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shakers, small
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (small and large)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, Mvt. I, m.31: Not properly transposed; written notes should be D, E, F#
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, Mvt. I, m.31, beat 3: Quarter note should be a written F#

Program Notes

Symphony No. 7 for Wind Ensemble was completed in 2004. It was commissioned by a consortium headed by Illinois State University/Stephen K. Steele. The work was premiered March 10, 2005, at the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts, Normal, Illinois, by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen K. Steele, conductor.

The composer says the following about his work:

I am strongly affected by American folk songs and hymn tunes, and I think of this symphony as old songs remembered, with one exception. All of the tunes are original, but they all feel familiar. Each song has a bright side and a dark side, a surface and the dream underneath. Each is a signal or call, which evokes an inner world of associations.

I. Sunday night church services from your youth. Mr. Smith played the piano. The opening piano piece is marked "enthusiastically" in the score. A dream travels to a far place.
II. In the manner of an American folk song, with a setting that might come out of the 19th or early 20th centuries.
III. A ferocious fast music, unrelenting, determined to get a grip on chaos. Toward the end a fractious quote of the Bach chorale melody Du Friedesfurst Herr Jesu Christ (Prince of Peace Lord Jesus Christ).
IV. A simple song of peace and healing.

- Program note by William V. Johnson for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 24 March 2012


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka, D. (2004). Symphony No. 7 : For Wind Ensemble [score].
  • Schroeder, Angela. "Symphony No. 7." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 887-896. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.