The first lecture in the Shepherd University Faculty Research Forum will be held Friday, Sept. 20 at noon in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium and will feature "A Study of David Maslanka's 'Unending Stream of Life'" presented by Dr. Scott Hippensteel, assistant professor of music at Shepherd.
The 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."
Maslanka has developed a unique compositional style that has been strongly influenced by the chorales of J.S. Bach and the writing of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Through the process of "active imagining" Maslanka creates original works for the wind band.
The study is intended to inform listeners, scholars, and conductors about the piece's melodic material, harmony, tonality, form, rhythm and tempo relations, orchestration and unifying elements and musical nuances
Refreshments will be served. For more information about the Shepherd Faculty Research Forum, visit www.shepherd.edu/aaweb/frf/.