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D AV I D M A S L A N K A

Recitation Book
FOR
S A X O P H O N E Q UA R T E T

MASLANKA PRESS
N E W YO R K

Recitation Book
for Saxophone Quartet
(2006)

C ontents :
1

Broken Heart: Meditation on the chorale melody Der du bist drei in einigkeit (You who are three in one) (430)

Prelude/Chorale: Meditation on the chorale melody Jesu meine Freude (Jesus my joy) (430)

Ecco moriro dunque (Look! My Death is Near!) - Gesualdo di Venosa, 1596 (130)

Meditation on the Gregorian Chant O Salutaris Hostia (O Salvations Victim) (4)

10

Fanfare/Variations on the chorale melody Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams fall) (10)

Program note
I have loved Italian madrigals since my student
days, and Recitation Book for Saxophone
Quartet feels something like a madrigal collection, but with a grand finale. My approach to
composing is vocal, and the singing quality of
saxophones is one of their fine strengths. The
movements in this piece are relatively brief and
intimate songs.
Much of my recent music draws its inspiration from the distant past. An old melody pushes open a door in my mind and a parallel world
or dream makes its way out. Each piece in this
set found its inspiration in that way.
The title Recitation Book implies a set of
lessons. I dont want to say explicitly what each
lesson means, but the titles of the pieces circle

around the theme of death, which for me implies the passing of the old, and the coming of
the new.
I have not only quoted a number of old melodies in Recitation Book, but two whole brief
pieces as well. This first is J.S. Bachs four-part
chorale Jesu, meine Freude, and the second is
an arrangement for the four saxophones of the
five-voiced madrigal Ecco moriro dunque by
Gesualdo di Venosa.
My acquaintance with the Masato Kumoi
Saxophone Quartet began several years ago
when I received a cd in the mail. When recordings come unbidden I am generally prepared
for something less than I want to hear. But this
rendition of Mountain Roads (my first com-

position for saxophone quartet) was the finest


performance of the piece that I had ever heard.
Since then the Kumoi Quartet has performed
the piece many times, and they have promoted it
widely among players in Japan. In 2004, Masato
Kumoi commissioned me to write another quartet especially for his group, and you will hear the
first performance of Recitation Book tonight.
In May of 2005, Masato Kumoi recorded a solo
alto cd (Simple Songs, Cafua Records), and included my Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano. This is a wonderful performance, and I am
deeply indebted to him for his brilliant play, and
the depth of his musical insight. I look forward
to many more years of our collaboration.
David Maslanka

Recitation Book
for Saxophone Quartet

Score in C

DAVID MASLANKA

Broken Heart: Meditation on the chorale melody Der du bist drei in Einigkeit (You who are three in one)
q = ca. 54
1

ten. in tempo

ten.

in tempo
5

ten.

10

ten.

Soprano
pp
Alto
Tenor
pp
Baritone

Faster
11 tempo

12

ten.

in tempo 14
13

15

16

18

17

19

20

q = ca. 84

S.
p
solo

mf

A.
pp

mp cresc.

T.
p
B.
21

22

23

ten. Slower

24

ten.

26

27

28

29

S.
ff

p pp

no dim.

no dim.

A.
f no dim.

ff

p pp

big

T.
ff

p pp

no dim.

ff

p pp

no dim.

B.
Copyright 2006 David Maslanka

in

30

Faster

31

q = ca. 116

32

33

34

35

Suddenly slower

accel.

36

S.
ff

A.
ff
T.
ff
B.
ff
37

q = ca. 96

40

38

39

41

S.
3

A.

T.
3

B.
( ff )
42

43

44

push forward

45

46

47

slowing

. . . a lot

Suddenly
in Tempo
48

S.
no dim.
A.
no dim.

no dim.
3

T.
no dim.

no dim.
B.

no dim.
no dim.

Broken Heart: Meditation on the chorale melody Der du bist drei in Einigkeit (You who are three in one)

50

49

51

52

53

58

wait

54

S.
3

A.

T.
3

B.

ten.

55

accel...

56

57

59

60
q = ca. 84

61

S.
fff

pp

A.

fff

pp

fff

pp

T.

B.
62

63

64

65

fff

wait

S.

A.
pp
T.

B.
pp
Broken Heart: Meditation on the chorale melody Der du bist drei in Einigkeit (You who are three in one)

4
1

q = ca. 116 - patiently

Prelude/Chorale: Meditation onJesu meine Freude (Jesus my joy)


2

Soprano
p very smoothly
Alto
p
Tenor
p
Baritone
p
8

10

11

12

13

14

15

S.
p

fading...
A.

T.

B.

16

17

18

19

20

21

S.
fade
A.

T.

B.
Prelude/Chorale: Meditation on Jesu meine Freude (Jesus my joy)

22

23

5
24

25

26

27

28

30

29

31

S.
fade
A.

T.

B.

32

33

39

40

34

35

36

37

38

S.

A.

T.

B.
41

42

43

S.

A.

T.

B.
Prelude/Chorale: Meditation on Jesu meine Freude (Jesus my joy)

44

45

46

47

54

55

48

50

49

52

51

53

S.

A.

T.

B.

56

57

58

60

59

61

S.
fade
A.

T.

B.

62

63

hold
in tempo
back 64 but slowing

65

66

Jesu, meine Freude (Bachs realization) 69


68
pause
67 q = ca. 52

S.
pp
A.
pp
T.
pp
B.
pp
Prelude/Chorale: Meditation on Jesu meine Freude (Jesus my joy)

70

71

73

72

pause

75

74

pause

76

pause

77

pause

78

slowing
79
pause pause pause

S.

A.

T.

B.

h = ca. 52 - freely and expressively


1

Ecco morir dunque (Look! My death is near!)


take Gesualdo di Venosa, 1596

take

3 time

time 6

10

gradually

11 slowing...

12

Soprano
p

pp

pp

pp

pp

mf

pp

Alto
mf

pp

Tenor
mf

pp

Baritone
13

take
time

14

15

mf
16

17

18

20

19

pp
21

S.
f

p sub.

mf sub.

mf sub.

mf sub.

A.

T.

B.
f

mf
Ecco morir dunque (Look! My death is near!)

22

23

24

26

25

30

27

28

29

slowing...

brief pause go right on

31

S.
p

mf

pp

A.
p

mf

pp

p
T.
p

pp

p
B.
p

pp

Meditation on O Salutaris Hostia (O Salvations Victim) - Gregorian Chant


1

e = ca. 108 - smoothly


2

10

11

12

Tenor
p

13

14

15

16

17

18

hold
Slower
back 19

23

22

20 Tempo21I.

24

25

S.
p
T.

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

S.

T.
Meditation on O Salutaris Hostia (O Salvations Victim) - Gregorian Chant

33

34

35

36

37

38

hold
back 39 Slower

40 Tempo I.

43

42

41

44

9
45

S.
p
A.
pp

T.

B.
p
46

47

48

49

50

51

53

52

S.

A.

T.

B.

54

55

56

57

58

hold
back 59 Slower

S.

A.

T.

B.

Meditation on O Salutaris Hostia (O Salvations Victim) - Gregorian Chant

60

a good pause
before Fanfare

10

Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

10

q = ca. 88

Soprano
ff 3

Alto
ff
Tenor
ff
Baritone
ff
12

11

14

13

16

15

S.
3

A.

T.

B.

20
17

S.

18
3

21

19
3

A.

T.

B.
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

22

breath
pause Variations: Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)
only
25 q = e, q = ca. 176
26

24

23

11

S.
3

3
3

A.
no dim.

ff
T.

ff

B.
ff
27

28

30

29

31

32

33

S.
ff
A.
3

ff

T.
3

B.

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

( ff )
34

35

36

37

38

39

40

S.
ff

A.
ff
3

T.
3
3

3
3

B.
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

12

41

42

43

44

(in tempo)

46 sim.

45

47

S.
3

sim.

A.
sim.
T.
3

B.
f
48

49

50

51

52

53

S.

A.

T.
3

B.
(f)
54

55

56

57

58

59

60

S.

A.

T.
3

B.
(f)3
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

61

13

in tempo (same tempo)


62

63

64

65

66

67

S.
sfz

sfz

sfz

sfz p

sfz p

sfz

sfz

sfz

A.
sfz p

T.
sfz p

B.
sfz

68

70

69

71

72

73 as before

sfz

74

S.
p

sfz

ff

sfz

ff

( ff )

sfz p cresc. grad.


as before

A.
p

( ff )

sfz p cresc. grad.


as before

T.
p

sfz

sfz

( ff )

ff

f sub.

sfz p cresc. grad.


as before

B.

75

f sub.
76

ff
77

sfz p cresc. grad.

78

80

79

81

S.
sfz

sfz

sfz

sfz

sfz p

sfz

A.
sfz

sfz

T.
p

sfz

sfz

B.
sfz

Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

mf

16

111

112 sim.

113

114

S.
p
A.
p
T.
p
B.

115

116

117

118

119

S.
ff
A.
ff
T.
ff
B.
ff

120

121

122

123

S.
fp

fp

fp

fp

fp

A.
p
T.
fp

fp
B.
p
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

17

124

125

126

127

S.
ff
A.
ff

mf
T.
f

ff

B.

128

129

130

131

S.
f
A.
p

(p)

T.
ff

p sub.

B.
p
132

ff
133

134

S.

A.

T.

B.
p

cresc.
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

135

18

136

137

138

139

S.

A.

T.

B.

140

very sudden cresc./dim., out of rhythm

141

142 B. Sx.

Sop. Sx.

S.
p sub.

ff

ff

A.
p sub.

ff

T.
(no
trill)
S. Sx.

p sub.

ff

B.

143

144

145

146

breath A lot slower (q = ca. 80)


pause freely, expressively
only

147

148

149

S.
3

mp

A.
p
T.
pp
B.
pp
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

150

ten.

152

151

slowing

154

153

in tempo
A bit faster
155

19

156

S.
3

dim.

fade

mf

A.

mf

dim.

mf

dim.

pp

cresc.

pp

cresc.

cresc.

T.
3

B.

158

157

159

160

161

162

163

slowing

S.
cresc.
sim.

ff

mf

dim.

mf

dim.

mf

dim.

A.
sim.
T.
sim.
B.

Slower (q = ca. 60)

164

165

166

167

mf dim.

take
time

168

169

170 Tempo I. (q = ca. 80)


3

171

S.
p

pp

mp

A.
p

T.
p

B.
p
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

20

173

172

174

no vib.

slowing a bit

3 175

S.
3

no vib.

A.
no vib.

T.
no vib.
B.
176 in tempo

slowing a bit

178 in tempo

177

slowing

179

S.
pp
A.
p
T.

B.
p

180

q = ca. 76

181

pause 182

183

184

185 pause

186

187

pause

188

S.
mf

pp

mf

pp

mf

pp

mf

pp

mf

pp

mf

pp

mf

pp

mf

pp

A.

T.

B.
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

189

190

191

pause

192

193

pause

194

195

196

198

197

pause

199

21

q = ca. 176

S.
mf

pp

mf

pp

A.

T.
pp

mf

ff

B.
mf

pp
ff

200

201

202

203

204

205

206

S.
ff

ff

A.
ff

ff

T.
3
3

B.

207

3
3

208

209

210

3
3

3
3

3
3

( ff )
3

211

212

213

S.
3

A.

T.
3

B.
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

22

214

215

216

sim.

218

217

S.
3

sim.

A.
sim.
T.
3

B.
f
219

(f)

220

221

222

224

223

S.

A.

T.
3

B.
(f)
225

226

227

228

229

230

stacc.

S.
sfz p cresc. grad.
stacc.
A.
sfz p cresc. grad.
stacc.
T.
3

sfz p cresc. grad.


stacc.

B.
(f) 3
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

sfz p cresc. grad.

231

234

233

232

23

235
236

237

238

S.
f

sfz

sfz

sfz

sfz

sfz

sfz

sfz

ff

A.
ff

T.
ff

sfz

B.

240

239

ff
241

242

( ff )
243

244

245

S.

A.

T.

B.

246

sim.

247

248

249

S.
sim.
A.

T.
sim.
B.
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

250

24

251

252

254

253

255

256

257

258

(no trill)

259

S.
ff

breathe ad lib.

A.
ff

breathe ad lib.

T.
ff
(no trill)
B.
ff
261

262

263

264

265

sim.266

267

268

269

270

271

272

273

S.
(no breath)

(no breath)

(no breath)

(no breath)

A.

T.
sim.
B.

274

275

276

277

S.

A.
sim.
T.

B.
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

278

260

holding back suddenly


quite a bit... in tempo

280

279

281

25

283

282

S.

A.

T.

B.

284

285

286

287

288

S.
ffp cresc. grad.
A.

T.

B.

289

290

slowing gradually

291

292

293

294

295

296

297

3 298

S.
ff

ffp cresc.

ff

ffp cresc.

ff

ffp cresc.

A.

T.
3
3

B.
ff
Fanfare/Variations on Durch Adams Fall (Through Adams Fall)

ffp cresc.
Missoula, MT 2/22/06