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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peermusic
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental | Score Only - $50.00


Full Score in C
Flute I-II
Oboes I-II-III
Bassoon I-II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet in Bb (or C) I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Electric Bass
Piano (acoustic or digital)
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum (small, medium, and very large)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Ride Cymbal (medium and large)
  • Snare Drum (medium and large)
  • Splash Cymbals (two, 8 and 10 inch)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

During the composition of the Metropolis Symphony, I created a work inspired by another foe of Superman: Bizarro (created by Lex Luthor's duplicating ray) is an imperfect copy of Superman, with spiky black hair and Frankenstein-like features. My nine-minute composition Bizarro is scored for woodwinds, large brass section, piano, electric bass, and a sizable percussion battery that includes three rock and roll drummers. Bizarro inhabits a musical world without strings, and revels in the brash energies of rock and big band jazz, propelled on his course by a fast tempo and rhythmic excitement. Melodic fragments coalesce, contrapuntally, into a swinging yet menacing little theme that is previewed by the flutes and piccolo, taken up by a solo trumpet, and finally performed in a virtuoso canon for three trombones and four trumpets. Volume and intensity keep building as the monstrous Bizarro careens out of control.

- Program Note by Michael Daugherty

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • University of Cape Town (Rondebosch, South Africa) (Alexander Fokkens, conductor) - 24 April 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 28 April 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • McCutchan, Ann. (1999). The muse that sings: composers speak about the creative process. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McGarvey, Timothy D. (1987) “Desi, Bizzaro, and Motown Metal: The Wind and Percussion Music of Michael Daugherty.” D.M.A. dissertation, University of Cincinnati. 184 p.
  • Scott, Judson. (2003). "Michael Daugherty" from A Composer's Insight, Volume One." Galesville, MD: Meredith Music.
  • Stotter, Douglas. "Bizarro." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 867-875. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.