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Dreamland

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Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski


General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V(see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Michael Markowski
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00  |   Score Only - $30.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Contra-Bassoon (optional)
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Electric Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In the composer’s own words: “The opening few bars quote one of my favorite contemporary artists/songwriters, Gary Wilson. Over the last 30 years of his work, dreams have become a common theme for Wilson — a way for him to revisit and relive the magical (and often painful) memories from his youth. For Gary, walking into his own dreams is a dose of nostalgia.

"In the section that follows, I quote my own past: a never-before performed choral work called Echo that I composed just after my high school graduation. The saxophone section sings this new idea in the tradition of a four-part chorale setting. The text that inspires the passage, borrowed from the 19th century poet Christina Rossetti, describes dreams as a place to visit with those in the speaker’s life who have passed away — a place where these spirits might ‘come back in dreams.’ While both of these influences are beautiful in a darkly romantic way, I thrive on the energy of being a night person — so much so that the idea of sleep as an inevitable force haunts me a little bit. My own insomnia juxtaposed with the more traditional lyricism of these other influences is what ultimately defines the musical landscape.”

Dreamland was commissioned by the Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Literature, of which New Trier High School is a member. The consortium is led by Jim Kull, Director of Bands at St. Charles East High School in Illinois.

- Program note by New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 December 2012


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matt Temple, conductor)


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

None discovered thus far.