World premiere recordings of major works for wind ensemble by David Maslanka and Kimberly Archer
This most recent recording from the ever-adventurous Illinois State University Wind Symphony includes a new work by David Maslanka using poems by the Illinois native Carl Sandburg. The eleven poems tell both an American and a very deep human story. Maslanka brought folksongs from the Ruth Crawford Seeger collection into the music, enhancing its American spirit. The other major work, Symphony No. 3, is by Kimberly Archer, a former student of Maslanka’s and currently an assistant professor of composition at Southern Illinois University.