Publication Date



Open access

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Gary Green

Second Committee Member

Margaret Donaghue-Flavin

Third Committee Member

Luciano Magnanini

Fourth Committee Member

Paul Wilson


The purpose of this essay is to provide performance and interpretive background and suggestions for David Maslanka's Give Us This Day. This essay serves as the first significant research document on the work and is intended as a source for musicians seeking information about the work. The essay includes a biography of David Maslanka, as well as descriptions of the history and commissioning of Give Us This Day, its compositional process, and its performance and interpretive issues. Information was accumulated through interviews with David Maslanka, Gary D. Green, director of bands at the University of Miami, and the consortium head, Eric Weirather.


Interpretation; Expression; Conducting; Band; Contemporary; Vater Unser In Himmelreich; Bach; Wind Ensemble; Modern; Premier; Band Repertoire; Rehearsal; Frost School Of Music; Works List; Gary Green; Technical Considerations; Program Notes; Manuscript; Premiere; Repertoire