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David Maslanka: Symphony No. 9 / Illinois State University Wind Symphony

Album Summary

>Word, Spoken : Preface to David Maslanka's "Symphony no 9"
>Maslanka, David : Symphony no 9, for symphonic winds
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The much anticipated world premiere recording of David Maslanka's Symphony No. 9 is a large collection of instrumental songs. There are many influences and underlying elements at work including time (memory, passing of time); water (cleansing and life-giving power); nature (river, ocean); and grace (compassion, forgiveness, rest). Each movement embodies one or more chorale melodies or other songs, such as Shall We Gather at the River and O Sacred Head Now Wounded. Born in Massachusetts in 1943, David Maslanka attended Oberlin, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Michigan State University. His works for wind ensemble have become especially well known and popular with both performers and audiences. Symphony No. 9, indeed a masterpiece, will be universally welcomed.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
David Maslanka (b 1943) continues to roll out wind ensemble music, and the Illinois State Wind Ensemble continues to roll out recordings of it. In the four-movement Symphony 9 (no date listed), each movement is based on one or more Bach chorale tunes. It opens with a poetry reading and (in the 40-minute IV) includes readings from something Maslanka wrote about whales and Buddhism. Like every Maslanka symphony, it sounds as if it's his last, his farewell to life, his magnum opus.


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Works Details

>Word, Spoken : Preface to David Maslanka's "Symphony no 9"
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Ensemble: Illinois State University Wind Symphony
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Maslanka, David : Symphony no 9, for symphonic winds
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Running Time: 71 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral