Wind EnsembleMedium5:15


“…brighter instrumental colors within a world of softer, more muted textures…”

Listen to Shine

Performed by the California State University, Fullerton Symphonic Band
Conductor Dr. Marc R. Dickey

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Program Note

By Michael Markowski

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 king 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 for long as we quickly submerge back into more meditative tones.

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

I would also like to thank Dr. Marc Dickey and the California State University-Fullerton Symphonic Band, who continue to challenge, encourage, and inspire my music through generous readings, rehearsals, and performances.


Shine premiered on May 18, 2010 at Rhodes Junior High School (Mesa, Arizona) performed by the Rhodes Junior High School Concert Band conducted by Keith Kuczynski.

View program here.


Manhattan Beach Music



Flute 1 & 2
Oboe 1 & 2
B-flat Clarinet 1-3
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone 1 & 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

B-flat Trumpet 1-3
Horn 1 & 2
Trombone 1-3

Percussion 1: Crotales, Glockenspiel
Percussion 2: Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal
Percussion 3: Chimes, Tambourine
Percussion 4: Slapstick, Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal
Percussion 5: Snare Drum
Percussion 6: Bass Drum


No known errata.

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