DAVID MASLANKA (1943-2017): California, Angel of Mercy, Saint Francis: 2 Studies for Wind Ensemble, Alex and the Phantom Band: A Young Listener’s Introduction to Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments.

Catalogue Number: 01W050

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC 0563

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Three of the works heard here are in effect symphonic poems, all infused with that big-hearted sense of space found in the best of American music and the quiet dignity of those endless open landscapes, but also energized by a powerful sense of freewheeling drama. The fourth piece is a charming and hugely engaging presentation of the instruments of the symphonic wind ensemble, a latter-day Peter and the Wolf – likewise intended for children and similarly bubbling with good tunes. The composer himself was closely involved in the preparation for these recordings – the last major project involving his music before his death – which now stand as a testament to a man much-loved in American musical circles. Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble; various conductors.

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