Music for Winds
DAVID MASLANKA Music for Winds TROY445 - Price: $16.99
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This recording continues our series devoted to the music of this popular and esteemed composer.

About this music David Maslanka writes: "In recent years I have developed an abiding interest in the Bach Chorales, singing and playing them daily as warm-up for my composing time, and making my own four-hand settings in the old style. The chorales now regularly find their way into my music, and have become a significant "leaping off" point for me. The first movement of Quintet No. 3 from 1999 opens with the chorale "Your stars, your cavernous sky." The Quintet was first performed on March 14, 2000 in Columbia, Missouri by the Missouri Quintet. Music for Dr. Who from 1979 is a whimsical little piece which takes its title from the British science fiction TV series of the 1970s. The music has no official connection to the TV show, but came about as a result of my watching one particular episode. Little Symphony (1989) was written as part of a birthday offering to composer Barney Childs. Sonata for Oboe and Piano was written in 1992. Its inspiration was a poem of ecstatic vision written by an Eskimo woman." Composer David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He studied clarinet, music theory, and composition, receiving degrees from Oberlin and Michigan State. Today he lives and composes in Missoula, Montana.
Contents:
David Maslanka, composer
Quintet for Winds, No. 3
Missouri Quintet

David Maslanka, composer
Music for Dr. Who
Missouri Quintet

David Maslanka, composer
Little Symphony
Missouri Quintet

David Maslanka, composer
Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Dan Willett, oboe, Janice Wenger, piano

Review:
"...These days it seems you have to search near and far to find a composer who is not afraid to buck the trend and write music that speaks to the head and heart, and does so with an intelligence and skill that rewards repeated listening...This disc (and composer) is a must for those who need to hear contemporary music at its finest..." (American Record Guide)
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