Shine (Markowski)

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbals (2: 1 large, 1 of another size)
  • Tambourines (2)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shine is an exploration of brighter instrumental colors within a world of softer, more muted textures. For me, the imagery of light becomes all the more striking when rationed against these darkly romantic landscapes.

You can hear this sort of rationing throughout the piece. For example, the piece begins with a tight, sustained three-note cluster that is meant to induce a kind of quiet, harmonic friction. The saxophones enter first, flickering, and are soon joined by the French horns, whose flutter tonguing intensifies the aural electricity. The rhythmic and melodic energy builds to several short, brighter moments, but these joyful moments don't stay long as we quickly submerge back into the more meditative tones.

Shine was composed in 2010 and received its premier performance by the Rhoads Junior High School Band in Mesa, Arizona, Keith Kuczynski, conductor, on May 18, 2010. I humbly dedicate the piece to the Rhoads band program, my own alma mater.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Brian Froedge, conductor) - 20 November 2023
  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (R. Tad Greig, conductor) - 3 November 2023
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Knopps Band (Amy Knopps, conductor) - 22 January 2023
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Jeremy Harmon, conductor) - 30 September 2022
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Melody Causby, guest conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • Cazadero (Calif.) Music Camp Junior High Session Concert Band (Norman Dea, conductor) – 17 July 2021
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Ryan Smith, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (John T Hart Jr., conductor) - 21 November 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Dana Biggs, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau) Concert Band (Martin Reynolds, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • Patrick Henry High School (Roanoke, Va.) Wind Symphony (Alexander Schmitt, conductor) - 25 April 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Alex Baczewski and Jeff Osarczuk, conductors) – 16 April 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 2 October 2018
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Collegiate Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Paul Bissler, conductor) – 27 March 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Longhorn Concert Band (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 25 February 2018
  • CBDNA North Central Intercollegiate Band (Jamie L. Nix, conductor) – 24 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
  • Michigan (Ann Arbor) Youth Symphonic Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 13 November 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 26 October 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Markowski, M. (2010). Shine: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.