Com­poser David Maslanka dies in Mon­tana at age 73

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

David Maslanka, a com­poser who was renowned for his mu­sic writ­ten for wind en­sem­bles, has died in his Mon­tana home at age 73.

Maslanka died Sun­day night, his son Matthew Maslanka wrote on his fa­ther’s web­site. David Maslanka suf­fered from colon can­cer, and his health de­clined rapidly af­ter his wife, Ali­son Matthews, died in July, Matthew Maslanka said.

Maslanka, who moved to Mon­tana in 1990 to com­pose mu­sic full time, wrote more than 150 works - in­clud­ing 50 pieces for wind en­sem­bles, eight sym­phonies and 17 con­cer­tos. His works have been in­cluded in more than 50 record­ings and per­formed around the world.

“His mu­sic had that Amer­i­cana feel even though it might have been us­ing new tech­niques,” Univer­sity of Mon­tana School of Mu­sic Direc­tor Max­ine Ramey told Mon­tana Pub­lic Ra­dio. “It still sounded Amer­i­can. You could still hear fa­mil­iar tunes, and fa­mil­iar har­monies. And he just had that as part of his com­po­si­tion.”

Maslanka was born in New Bed­ford, Mas­sachusetts, in 1943. He stud­ied at the Ober­lin Col­lege and Con­ser­va­tory, Michi­gan State Univer­sity and

Mozar­teum Univer­sity in Salzburg, Aus­tria.

Maslanka taught at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in New York be­tween 1970 and 1990 be­fore mov­ing to Mon­tana to com­pose full time.

His de­ci­sion was “an enor­mous leap of faith. It worked out,” his daugh­ter, Kathryn Maslanka, told the Mis­sou­lian.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice is planned for both David Maslanka and Ali­son Matthews on Sept. 3 in Missoula.

SUE RISSBERGER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY VIA AP

This Feb. 13, 2013 photo pro­vided by Sue Rissberger Pho­tog­ra­phy shows David Maslanka, a com­poser who was renowned for his mu­sic writ­ten for wind en­sem­bles, in Missoula, Mont. Maslanka died at his home Sun­day.

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