From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Markowski Creative
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
String Bass I-II
Percussion I-VII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Concert Tom (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Reckoning began as a musical underdog story: an unlikely hero's determination to right certain wrongs that had been brought upon him or her in the past and that hero's ambition to prove that they are "a force to be reckoned with." I often liken it to a David and Goliath type of story: small versus big, poor versus rich. For example, the piece opens in a dark and oppressive world full of despair and anguish, but from within that darkness comes a very beautiful, very fragile, very hopeful oboe solo. However, this hope quickly transforms into a more active, kinetic energy -- a musical uprising. Several families of instruments join the dialogue, voicing their grievances, adding to the collective resistance. By measure 90, the ensemble fully pledges their allegiance as a more majestic and heroic French horn theme ascends to the fore, literally rising quarter note by quarter note above the anxious eighth-note theme. From here, they plot their next move. But will it be enough?

Reckoning was commissioned by the Florida Bandmasters Association for the 2017 All-State Concert Band. It was premiered on January 14, 2017, in Tampa, Florida, conducted by Captain Shanti C. Simon.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • New York: 2017 NYSSMC NYSBDA Directors' Band Title List


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  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Hannah Rudy, conductor) - 14 November 2023
  • Mid-Atlantic Honor Band (Winchester, Va.) (Tim Robblee, conductor) - 29 January 2023
  • Avon Lake (Ohio) High School Symphonic Band (Joshua Brunger, conductor) – 10 May 2022
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Richard Edwards, conductor) - 21 March 2021
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio) 11-12 High School Honor Band (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Paul Carter, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Campus Band (Chad Reep, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights (Ohio) High School Wind Ensemble (Aaron Rex, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Shanti Simon, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga. ) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 11 March 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Boomer Concert Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 21 February 2019
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Dobbins, conductor) – 5 November 2018
  • New York Youth Symphonic Band (Brian Worsdale, conductor) - 12 June 2018 (Carnegie Hall)
  • Grand Street (New York) Community Band (Brian Worsdale, conductor) – 3 June 2018
  • Grand Street Community Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (Brian Worsdale, conductor) – 4 May 2018 (ACB 2018 Annual Convention (Buffalo, N.Y.))
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 9 April 2018 (Carnegie Hall, N.Y.)
  • T.A. Howard Middle School (Arlington, Tex.) Honor Band (Nathaniel Neugent, conductor) - 21 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble (Durham) (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor ) – 19 November 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) - 19 September 2017
  • Florida Music Educators Association Concert Band (Shanti C. Simon, conductor) – 14 January 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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