An American Neoromantic: David Maslanka's Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble: Analysis, Insights to the Composer's Performance Intentions, and Discussion of the Commissioning Process
Luce, Brian A.
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AbstractThis examination of David Maslanka's Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble will assist in performers' preparation of the concerto through analysis of Maslanka's American Neoromantic compositional techniques, rehearsal suggestions, and firsthand insight of the composer's intent for its performance. The author will elaborate on performance practice, ensemble seating, and rehearsal suggestions that were revealed while collaborating with the composer in preparation for the premiere performance. The author applies Walter Simmons's discussion of American Neoromanticism to understand Maslanka's compositional style. Maslanka's use of classical forms, heightened importance of rhythmic drive, and expanded functional harmony lead to the characterization of this concerto as fitting within the American Neoromantic compositional spectrum. This study outlines the commissioning of this concerto through the process of building a consortium. The author delineates steps that may be used by other artists and educators. Through this discussion, the author provides a historical discourse on the concerto's germination. Finally, this study provides firsthand documentation and insight to the composer's intentions for its performance. The author worked closely with Maslanka in the preparation leading to the premiere performance of the concerto.
Degree ProgramGraduate College