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Unending Stream of Life (Variations on All Creatures of Our God and King) for Symphonic Wind Ensemble David Maslanka Instrumentation, Piccolo Flute 1,2 Oboe 1,2 Clarinet 1,2,3 (one player dbl. Eb clarinet) Bass Clarinet Contra Alto Clarinet Bassoon 1,2,3 G dbl. Contra Bassoon) ‘Soprano Saxophone Allto Saxophone 1,2 ‘Tenor Saxophone Baritone Saxophone Horn 1,2,3,4 Trumpet 1,2,3 Trombone 1,2 Bass Trombone Euphonium Tuba Double Bass Piano ‘Timpani Percussion 1 Chimes Vibe Large Suspended Cymbal Marimba Percussion 2 Orchestra Bells Xylophone Percussion 3 Snare Drum. Tenor Drum Large Suspended Cymbal Percussion 4 Bass Drum Crash Cymbals Tom Toms Large Suspended Cymbal Percussion 5 Tam Tam Large Tom Tom Score in C—Pice., C. Bsn., DB, Xyl, Orch. Bells retain octave transpositions Sen eeneeee Unending Stream of Life was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, the Sacred Winds Ensemble, Scott Bersaglia, Artistic Director and Conductor, on the occasion of its 10" anniversary. Program Note Scott Bersaglia, conductor of the Sacred Winds Ensemble, asked me to write a piece in honor of the 10 anniversary of the group. The commission reads: “The new work will bea minimum of five minutes in duration...oriented around a sacred theme to be chosen by the composer.” Scott offered me a selection of hymn tunes, and All Creatures of Our God and King just stood out above all the others, It is a grand tune and it inspired a whole lot of musical thought in me. The result is a good deal longer than five minutes! It is a set of seven “songs” for wind ensemble, each embodying the original tune, or relating to it in some way. This old melody, All Creatures of Our God and King, is large in spirit, and the harmonization by Ralph Vaughn Williams, which I have adopted in the Overture, is full-bodied and wonderfully satisfying. All things of light are paralleled and powered by an element of darkness, and my variations, particularly two through five, probe in that direction. Darkness here means awareness of a deep mystery in the universe, and of the struggles that all endure in this life. The title Unending Stream of Life comes from the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and prolific author on Buddhist subjects, Thich Nhat Hanh, One statement of his stayed with ‘me throughout the composition of this piece: “We are life. We are inextinguishable!” + note by the composer Program Listing Unending Stream of Life (Variations on All Creatures of Our God and King) overture — All Creatures of Our God and King seeking : brooding march /. as you proceed to your certain end, what is the point of being alive? v. ahard thought that turns out alright vi. a sweet tune vii. All Creatures of Our God and King Cnending STream ef Life Fen MI Creatures of Our Gack ann King”) = ri mae Lavi Mat lanka 7 oF aU 2 =e 7 Pereussien © 2007 David Matlanka erertere Pee. Feta obha rhe ae hel Ba az 56% AK 42 7 2. 3 is. 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