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Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Michael Markowski
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Amplified Lion's Roar
  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Take a suspenseful musical journey into the unknown with the mysterious and tantalizing sounds of this intriguing piece. Serving as a thrilling call to- adventure, the moving music urges the listener to venture out of their comfort zone and take chances while seizing the opportunity to aspire to and achieve greatness.

- Program Note by publisher


“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”-Joseph Campbell

I've been thinking a lot lately about all the opportunities we're given day to day to try something new or to go somewhere we've never been before -- the opportunity to take a spontaneous road trip, to go see a concert by a band we've never heard of at a venue we've never been to, to try that new restaurant down the street where the menu is in a language we don't quite understand. Some people have an innate sense of adventure, who go with the flow, who live life for the unexplored, and I couldn't be more inspired by them.

For a long time, I was the opposite. I used to prefer to stay at home, working on my computer because it was the safe and responsible thing to be doing, listening to the same albums on my iPod, ordering the same meal at the same, familiar restaurants. And while there's nothing necessarily wrong with having a routine or knowing what you like, I eventually realized that my life was starting to have a certain predictability to it. It was a few years ago, while I was still living in the same state that I was born and raised in, that I had the most terrifying epiphany that I think I've ever had. I was becoming increasingly bored and incredibly boring.

In film schools around the world, Joseph Campbell's book The Hero With A Thousand Faces is required reading for filmmakers, screenwriters, and storytellers because Campbell has single-handedly identified what we refer to as "The Hero's Journey" -- the series of events and conflicts that arise along a character's path as he or she fights their way to some ultimate goal. After studying Campbell, it's easy to question where we are on our own paths. What is our own story? What are we fighting for? What does it mean to be a "hero" and how can we be more "heroic" ourselves? When we hear our own call to adventure, will we jump up, prepared, or will we ignore it, sit idly and take the easy way out because we would rather life be quiet and comfortable? According to Campbell, each of our adventures are already out there, waiting for us. That's not the problem. For him, "the big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty "yes" to your adventure.

So for the next four minutes, let's take a chance, let's venture into the dark unknown, let's fight whatever monsters we find in there. And although we might not always prevail, at least we'll have a story to tell by the end.

- Program Note by composer


Commissioned by the Gravelly Hill Middle School Bands, Arris Golden, director of bands

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 19 February 2020
  • Roma (Tx.) Middle School Symphonic Winds (Corey Graves, conductor) - 14 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Concert Winds (Brecksville, Ohio) (Tricia Asley, conductor) - 25 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • South Oldham High School (Crestwood, Ky.) Concert Band (Ryan McAllister, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Concert Band (Allegra Fisher, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Smoky Hills High School Honor Band (Salina, Kans.) (Carl Rowse, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) - 26 February 2019
  • District XII Middle School Honor Band (Cobb County, Ga.) (David Kehler, conductor) – 3 February 2019
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Meistersinger Ninth-Grade Honor Band (Russell Kramer, conductor) – 3 February 2019
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) Wind Ensemble (Carl T. Rouse, conductor) – 20 November 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Alexander Gonzalez, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 27 October 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Campus Band (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Sean C. Phelan and Ryan M. Yahl, conductors) – 17 April 2018
  • Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (Tacoma, Wash.) (John Falskow, conductor) – 25 March 2018
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 20 February 2018
  • University of Chicago (Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Chip De Stafano, conductor) – 18 February 2018
  • Otsego Senior All County Band (Laurens, N.Y.) (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 3 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Michelle Ebach, conductor) – 30 October 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


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