A Study of David Maslanka's "Unending Stream of Life"

Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Center for Legislative Studies (CLS), Auditorium

This study presents an overview of the compositional style of David Maslanka and an analysis of his piece for wind band “Unending Stream of Life”. The seven-movement work is based in part on the melody of the hymn tune “Lasst uns Erfreuen”, which is commonly known as “All Creatures of Our God and King.” David Maslanka has developed a unique compositional style that has been strongly influenced by the chorales of J.S. Bach and the writings of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Through the process of “active imagining” (Jung, 1964) Maslanka creates original works for wind band. The study is intended to inform listeners, scholars and conductors about the: (1) melodic material, (2) harmony and tonality, (3) form, rhythm and tempo relations, (4) orchestration, and (5) unifying elements and musical nuances of David Maslanka’s “Unending Stream of Life”.

Dr. Scott Hippensteel, Department of Music

Dr. Scott Hippensteel is the Director of Instrumental Studies at Shepherd University and conductor of the Shepherd Wind Ensemble, Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra, Ram Band, Symphony Band, and Pep Band. In addition to conducting, he teaches instrumental music education classes and instrumental conducting. Dr. Hippensteel also serves as a member of the Graduate Faculty for Instrumental Music Education. Dr. Hippensteel completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting and Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Prior to his appointment at Shepherd University, Dr. Hippensteel served as a graduate Assistant with Ball State University where he directed performances with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, and "Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band. Dr. Hippensteel was a Professor of Music at Huntington University for three years where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and taught classes in conducting, instrumental methods, and instrumental literature. He was the Assistant Band Director at Huntington North High School in Huntington, Indiana for thirteen years. Dr. Hippensteel has served as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Indiana, Maryland, and West Virginia. Dr. Hippensteel has remained active as a performer on bass trombone with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Hagerstown Municipal Band, James Southern Jazz Orchestra, Twelfth Night Big Band, Three Rivers Wind Symphony, Ball State Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Blue River Big Band, and Erie Band.