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Summoning Graces

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Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Markowski Creative
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Movements (played without pause)

1. Invocation
2. Splendor, Mirth, Good Cheer


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo (doubles Flute)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion (I-VI), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Summoning Graces is about rediscovering joy in a world that has all but lost or forgotten it. The first movement, Invocation, is a bit of a prayer, a calling out to the stars, an urgent plea to the gods. Help us regain order. Help us find balance. Help us remember happiness, love, and kindness.

Movement two answers the first and grants us our wish by prescribing a healthy dose of Splendor, Mirth, Good Cheer. The heavens send down three of Zeus’s daughters: Aglaea (goddess of “Splendor”), Euphrosyne (goddess of “Mirth”), and Thalia (goddess of “Good Cheer”). Together, they are known as the Three Graces and, when summoned, their main objective is to inspire artists and poets to create beautiful work, to bestow great wisdom upon scientists and philosophers, and to bring joy and good will to both gods and mortals. Through song and dance and joyful festivities, these goddesses help remind us of all the beauty and fun that does exist in the world, even if it’s sometimes hidden.

Summoning Graces premiered on January 12, 2019, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with the Northeastern Oklahoma All-District High School Wind Ensemble, Dr. Jeffrey Gershman, conductor.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • World Adult Wind Orchestra Project (WAYOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Phillip Riggs, conductor) – 13 July 2019
  • Loyola University New Orleans (La.) Wind Ensemble (Serena Weren, conductor) – 6 April 2019
  • Northeastern Oklahoma All-District High School Wind Ensemble (Bartlesville) (Jeffrey Gershman, conductor) - 12 January 2019 *Premiere Performance*


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