All My Heart

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

Subtitle: Based on an old Irish melody.

General Info

Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Markowski Creative
Cost: Score and Parts – Available June 2024


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon I-II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
  • Horn in F I-II
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Euphonium I-II
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion I-II-III, including:
*Bass Drum
*Crash Cymbals
*Marimba I-II
*Mark Tree
*Sleigh Bells
*Snare Drum
*Suspended Cymbal
*Tom-tom (low)

Players humming


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I was lying in bed one night, scrolling rather lifelessly on my phone, when I came across a video a friend had shared. It was from a taped performance at the Regional Cultural Centre in Donegal, Ireland, featuring Séamus McGuire lovingly playing his fiddle and Steve Cooney tenderly accompanying on his guitar. The pair had started playing a centuries-old love song from the Petrie Collection of Irish Music called With Her Dog and Her Gun. As I lay there listening for the first time, something inside me stirred. I could feel my heart begin to swell. Something about this song was immediately captivating and timeless and simple and easy and familiar -- like I had known it all my life. I went to bed with this recording running wild in my head, with fragments of it endlessly echoing every corner of my tired body.

The next day, I listened again -- perhaps to see if the magic I felt the night before was still there -- and again, my heart swelled. Soon enough, I realized I couldn’t get this tune out of my head! I became obsessed with it -- and the striking beauty of this performance in particular -- and after a while, I felt as if it was bursting my heart wide open in a way my heart hadn’t been opened before. No other melodies or themes or songs that I had been listening to or composing myself had moved me with the magnitude that this one had. It had ingrained itself deep within me, and I was completely under its spell. Within such a short time, this beautiful Irish melody had entirely consumed me and all my heart.

- Program Note by composer

For Erin, Messyface and Domino.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Brigham Young University- Idaho (Rexburg) Symphony Band (David Faires, conductor) – 13 February 2024 *Premiere Performance*

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