From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

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


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Contrabassoon (optional)
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Electric Piano
Percussion, including:

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


  • Trombone I, II, III, m. 28: Slur on beat 3 should extend from Bb to D, to match the slur in m. 15.
  • Bassoon, m. 28: Slur on beat 3 should extend from Bb to D, to match the slur in m. 15.
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, m. 63: Should be F#, not F
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet IV, m. 97: Second note should be a G, not an A.

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

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

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