Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter

David Maslanka

Performing Ensemble: Wind Ensemble
Duration: 18:00
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The title ?A Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter? needs a bit of explaining. ?Tuning? refers first to extended passages built around a single pitch, allowing the opportunity for carefully heard intonation. ?A Tuning? can be read also as ?Attuning?, suggesting a kind of music that brings heart and mind to a point of rest. ?A Tuning Piece? is also filled with tunes from start to finish! ?Songs of Fall and Winter??the surprising realization on passing age 50 that my life was a good deal closer to the end than the beginning. And so this is a piece for the second half of life, a time in which the attitude of ?attuning? has become very important for me. It is reflective of a growing awareness of my own religious nature, an awareness which has at its core a deeply felt sense of the soul connection of human life with all of earthly nature, and with the whole of the cosmos.

A Tuning Piece is in five sections. The first is a gentle, reflective music. It is followed by a bold and bursting music which quotes and expands on the hymn tune Lobt Gott ihr Christen Allzugleich from the Bach Chorales. The third section is impassioned and has the quality of a spiritual, although it is newly composed. The fourth section is very intimate and reflective. It is a setting of Jesu, Jesu, Du Bist Mein ? also from the Bach Chorales. It is given a medieval flavor by a consistent ?open fifth? harmonization. The final section is a partial recapitulation of the opening.

A Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter was commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi, National Band Fraternity, and Tau Beta Sigma, National Band Sorority.

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi, National band Fraternity, and Tau Beta Sigma, National Band Sorority
Composition Date 1995
Orchestration picc, fl.(3), ob.(2), cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4), pno.
Premiere July 1995 by Intercollegiate Honor Band, conducted by James Croft. At the Kappa Kappa Psi National Convertion