Affected strongly by American folk songs and hymns, composer David Maslanka describes
his “Symphony #7” as evoking “old songs remembered.”
Aside from a borrowed melody by Bach, the work weaves original songs by the composer
to create memories of Sunday night church services, settings from the 19th and 20th
century, and a ferocious and unrelenting determination to “get a grip on reality.”
The symphony ends with a simple song of healing and peace.