Composer David Maslanka dies at 73
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.