As Midnight on a Moonless Night

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Markowski Creative
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00  |   Score Only - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Chinese Cymbals
  • Steel Plates
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bell Tree
  • Concert Tom
  • Glockenspiel
  • Jazz Drum Set
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To me, “inspiration” is a somewhat overwhelming and all-encompassing term, but it has been kind of funny to look back and reflect on certain ideas that have found their way into my music over the years. Turkey in the Straw (2008) was inspired partly by Mickey Mouse and other cartoons, Instinctive Travels (2009) by a '90s Tribe Called Quest hop-hop album, Dreamland (2011) by contemporary '70s lounge bass/pop artist Gary Wilson, and now I find myself inspired once again by television, borrowing the phrase “as midnight on a moonless night” from the neo-noir whodunit small town murder mystery Twin Peaks, created by the eccentric and somewhat off-kilter filmmaker David Lynch.

As Midnight on a Moonless Night might be best described as music to some dark, Lynchian film with the spirit of adventure and mystery found in John Barry’s James Bond scores or classic 1950s film noir. The musical landscape is a stark black and white; jazz clichés confused with swung and straight time, chromatic walking bass lines that, perhaps, walk in circles, major chords perched on top of minor chords, double-time fighting with common-time, and even some femme fatale flutes all help to define the world in a somewhat abstract, seductive, and perhaps even a contradictory way. If David Lynch ever choreographed a ballet in a small red room, I hope this would be the music accompanying it.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) Symphonic Winds (Jay Jacobs, conductor) - 20 November 2023
  • Banda Sinfónica de la Diputación de Tarragona (Tarragona, Spain) (Miguel Etchegoncelay, conductor) - 10 July 2022
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (James O'Dell, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Richard Wyman, conductor) – 18 March 2018
  • Brooklyn Wind Symphony and Grand Street Community Band (Jeff Ball, conductor) – 1 November 2015
  • Eltham High School (Victoria, Australia) Symphonic Winds (Mark Shiell, conductor) - 13 December 2014
  • The Woodlands High School (Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Joni Perez, conductor) – 21 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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