From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Markowski Creative
Cost: Score and Parts - $145.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass 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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Surdo
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Suspended trash cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

So many of us spend our entire lives working tirelessly at what we love to do, striving to become experts in our field, passionately in search of something to be remembered for, something we can change the world with, something that gives us purpose. It’s a bold idea — the thought that a small part of us might, in some way, live forever — but it seems that the bold idea itself has had an inexhaustible life of its own. Across the span of history, folklore has given mankind a way to find this meaning, be it through a quest for the Holy Grail, the Fountain of Youth, or even the legendary sword Excalibur.

The mythology behind Elixir is a brother to these legends, probably most associated with Elixir Vitae, or as it’s better known, the Elixir of Life — a special potion with magical properties said to extend a person’s life indefinitely, allowing him or her to become immortal, to be forever young. By drinking the potion, man is enabled to overcome his inherent limitations and achieve the greatness that he has always longed for.

Elixir is dedicated to Scott Coulson, a man who has passionately devoted his life to others through music. Above all, the piece is a musical “toast -- a “cheers” to a continued journey and to a long, healthy life not only to Mr. Coulson, but also to the students at Poteet High School, whose amazing journeys are just beginning.

- Program note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (Michael Tignor, conductor) - 4 April 2023
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) - 6 October 2022
  • New York University (New York, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jason Noble, conductor) - 8 December 2021
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 21 November 2019
  • Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Wind Symphony (Alicia Neal, conductor) - 4 May 2021
  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Symphonic Band (R. Tad Greig, conductor) - 30 April 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Concert Band (Steve Kelly, conductor) – 11 February 2019
  • China Spring (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Pam Hyatt, conductor) - 10 February 2017 (2017 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Stacey Larson Dolan, conductor) – 21 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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