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David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 13:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer, distributed by Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental ($335.00)   |   Score Only - $95.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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 Bass Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium BC
Double Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Crotales
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Medium Tom
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (2: large and small)
  • Tam Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom Tom
  • Triangle (2: large and small)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Traveler was commissioned in 2003 by the University of Texas at Arlington Band Alumni Association, the Delta Sigma chapter of Kapa Kappa Psi and the Gamma Nu chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, in honor of the career contributions of Ray C. Lichtenwalter (b. 1940), retiring director of bands at UT Arlington. Ray has been a close friend and champion of my music for many years, and it was a great pleasure for me to write this piece for his final concert.

The idea for Traveler came from the feeling of a big life movement as I contemplated my friend's retirement. Traveler begins with an assertive statement of the chorale melody Nicht so traurig, nicth so sehr (Not so sad, not so much). The chorale was not chosen for its title, although in retrospect it seems quite appropriate. The last part of a life need not be sad. It is the accumulation of all that has gone before, and a powerful projection into the future -- the potential for a tremendous gift of life and joy. And so the music begins with energy and movement, depicting an engaged life in full stride. At the halfway point, a meditative quiet settles in. Life's battles are largely done; the soul is preparing for its next big step.

In our hearts, our minds, our souls
We travel from life to life to life
In time and eternity.

- Program Note by composer



State Ratings

  • North Carolina: Masterworks


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