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Shine (Markowski)

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Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
PercussionI-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shine is an exploration of brighter instrumental colors within a world of softer, more muted textures. For me, the imagery of light becomes all the more striking when rationed against these darkly romantic landscapes.

You can hear this sort of rationing throughout the piece. For example, the piece begins with a tight, sustained three-note cluster that is meant to induce a kind of quiet, harmonic friction. The saxophones enter first, flickering, and are soon joined by the French horns, whose flutter tonguing intensifies the aural electricity. The rhythmic and melodic energy builds to several short, brighter moments, but these joyful moments don't stay long as we quickly submerge back into the more meditative tones.

Shine was composed in 2010 and received its premier performance by the Rhoads Junior High School Band in Mesa, Arizona, Keith Kuczynski, conductor, on May 18, 2010. I humbly dedicate the piece to the Rhoads band program, my own alma mater.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • Markowski, M. (2010). Shine: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.