JoyRiDE (Markowski)

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

Year: 2005 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Markowski Creative
Cost: Score and Parts - $145.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Suspended China Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


The following errors are in the parts and score:

  • B-flat Clarinet II: m. 6 and m. 8 should be the same as m. 5 and m. 7
  • B-flat Trumpet II, m. 10: eighth note on the and-of-2 should tie over to beat 3
  • Trombone I-II-III, Euphonium, m. 15: accents on beat 2 should be on the and-of-2 to match trumpet accents

Program Notes

joyRiDE drew inspiration from an earlier period in my life. Nearly ten years ago, in the summer of 2005, I was on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City playing alto saxophone as a senior in my high school band. When my band director, Jon Gomez, first received word that our high school music department was selected to perform in New York, he asked me if I'd like to write something to open the concert and commemorate the trip —- something that was bursting with joy. "Maybe," he suggested, "it would be cool to take something more traditional, like Beethoven's Ode to Joy, and blend it with something more modern, like John Adams." The idea was so simple and so astounding that the assignment excited me immediately -- it excited me so much that within ten days, I had completed the first complete draft of joyRiDE, a two-and-a-half-minute concert opener that borrows Beethoven's infamous melody and dresses it in a tie-dye blazer of rhythm and texture that nod humbly to John Adams's Short Ride on a Fast Machine.

- Program Note from Composer



State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


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