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Maslanka: Unending Stream of Life / Stephen Steele, Illinois State University Wind Symphony

Album Summary

>Maslanka, David : Morning Star
>Maslanka, David : Unending Stream of Life
>Maslanka, David : Laudamus Te
>Maslanka, David : Give Us This Day
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The major work on this recording of music for wind ensemble by David Maslanka is 'Unending Stream of Life'. The work was inspired by the hymn tune, 'All Creatures of Our God and King'. 'Unending Stream of Life' consists of seven "songs" for wind ensemble, each embodying the original tune, or relating to it in some way. The title comes from the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

"In 1982, Maslanka created a sensation in the band world with his magnificent A Child's Garden of Dreams. Five years later, he followed it up with an almost equally brilliant Symphony No. 2. Since then, he has produced a steady stream of works for wind ensemble, all exhibiting, to a greater or lesser degree, the aforementioned stylistic traits, which at times border on becoming cliched... Conductor Stephen Steele seems to have emerged as Maslanka's preeminent champion and leading interpreter... With Maslanka himself serving as producer on both discs, we must assume these performances to be authoritative. The sonics are absolutely breathtaking: rich, spacious, and vividly detailed, with an extremely wide dynamic range. Fans of this composer - and there are legions of them - will find much to savor in these two discs." - Fanfare



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Works Details

>Maslanka, David : Morning Star
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Ensemble: Illinois State University Wind Symphony Chamber Wi
  • Notes: Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (03/01/2009-03/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Maslanka, David : Unending Stream of Life
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Ensemble: Illinois State University Wind Symphony Chamber Wi
  • Notes: Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (03/01/2009-03/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Maslanka, David : Laudamus Te
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Ensemble: Illinois State University Wind Symphony Chamber Wi
  • Notes: Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (03/01/2009-03/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Maslanka, David : Give Us This Day
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Ensemble: Illinois State University Wind Symphony Chamber Wi
  • Notes: Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (03/01/2009-03/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994