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[#24] January 6, 2020

2017 | Wind Octet | Grade 5 | 5’-10’ | Chamber music

Michael Markowski

We begin 2020 with Michael Markowski’s witty Machiavelli’s Conscience. Our Composition of the Week focuses this time on the Chamber Winds.

Machiavelli’s Conscience is in fact written for 8 musicians (flute, clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones) therefore matching Stravinsky’s instrumentation of his famous Octet for Winds.

Machiavelli’s Conscience was written in 2017 and premiered on April 23 at the University of Illinois on the same year. The work is 7:30 minutes long.

After the success of “Shadow Rituals” in 2006, Michael Markowski (b.1986) has composed nearly twenty-five original works for wind band, nine of which were recently recorded in collaboration with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony. He has received commissions from a number of organizations including CBDNA, The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature, The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, the Durham Medical Orchestra, the Florida Music Educator’s Association, and has received performances from the United States Air Force bands, The Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Musicfest Symphony Orchestra, and from hundreds of bands around the world. He has been the composer-in-residence for the ‘Music for All’ organization (2015), the ‘Mid Europe’ international wind band festival in Schladming, Austria (2013-2018), and frequently visits junior high schools, high schools, universities, and community bands around the country to share stories about his music.


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