A great composer has passed. I was first introduced to David Maslanka's music while working on my MM at Central Michigan. Symphony no. 4. What a piece. That piece not only changed the way I write music, but it gave me a wonderful vision of heaven that can never be taken away from me. Here is the ending of the great work:
When the Old One Hundredth sounds in it's fullness I see the victory of Christ as He entered back into His Father's presence after completing His work on this earth. This is a vision no other piece of music has ever been able to give me.
Maslanka visited MSU a number of times during my graduate studies. I had the privilege of meeting him and hearing him speak. He was kind and gentle. A deep thinker. He stayed true to what he believed and why he writes music. This clip of him speaking below also had a great impact on me and encouraged me in ways I cannot explain here.