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The virtual music renditions have been created on
notation software using
Vienna Symphonic Library, Sibelius Sounds,
Vocal lyrics are represented by the sound Ooh or Aah.
Lyrics available upon request.
HALLELUJAH IN THE DARKNESS
A Praise Suite
Exciting mixed-metered rhythms,
spoken voices, and colorful harmonies
for SATB choir and orchestral ensemble
Markovich’s latest work, HALLELUJAH IN THE DARKNESS, was written for her husband, Richard, during his struggle with an aggressive cancer. He has miraculously recovered through their firm faith in Jesus Christ, Healer of healers, expressed through undying praise. Through the dark times and now in the victory, through the good results and the disappointing ones, the ups and downs of recovery, they praised God.
These various aspects are addressed through modes, textures, and mixed meters. This work creates an opportunity for amateur groups to enjoy the challenge of odd meters and for professional groups to delight their audiences with a new, fresh sound. The riveting third movement, We Will Glorify Him, was a put-your-foot-down commitment to praise, no matter what. This movement is short and quick, available separately as an exciting encore.
The rendition presented here is computer-generated for demo purposes only and, therefore, does not contain lyrics. Lyrics are available upon request. The score is being engraved on the new Dorico software and will be available by the end of February 2018.
“When I perform recitals,
I’m always on the hunt for fresh,
~ J. P. Markovich
THE GUY IN THE GLASS
by Dale Wimbrow (1895-1954)
When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.
For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgment upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.
Copyright 1934. Printed with permission.
THE LOOKING GLASS
contemporary dance suite
IN FIVE MOVEMENTS
for woodwinds, trumpet, percussion, guitar, bass
THE LOOKING GLASS is a unique, programmatic, five-movement work for thirteen players: woodwind quintet, trumpet, guitars, bass and percussion. The title was inspired by the poet Dale Wimbrow, who challenges us to listen to the guy in the glass. Be true to yourself.
- The first movement embodies the carefree attitude of one who is blind to the disastrous consequences of his actions.
- The second movement expresses the grief, confusion, and wonder of discovering your true identity.
- The third movement walks us through the unsettling process of transformation.
- The fourth movement is a free, soaring dance as the biblical King David might have danced. It incorporates the use of percussion instruments by the wind players as well as added percussionists.
- The fifth and last movement is a joyful celebration of freedom!
1. KING FOR A DAY
2. UNVEILED TEARS
4. DAVID'S DANCE
5. REDEMPTION'S KISS
LORD GOD OF HOSTS: Terrors Rise
LORD GOD OF HOSTS:
BASED ON A THEME BY J. S. BACH
a prophetic, contemporary swirl
of “ancient-future” worship
for angel choir, chorus, and orchestra
LORD GOD OF HOSTS brings hope and comfort to God’s people in times of terrorism. The wild, ancient-future evolution of a soaring theme by J. S. Bach is among the qualities to be regarded. Four solo winds, harp and classical guitar are employed across a foundation of strings, piano and light percussion in this through-composed contemporary work. The antiphonal use of an angel choir in conversation with a full chorus becomes a highly effective implement to convey the timely prophetic message from 2 Chronicles 20:
Though we may feel powerless in times of terror and don’t know what to do, be assured. God is with His children. No enemy can withstand the power of His hand.
Available for large or small ensemble with score and parts, as well as performance CD.
Tired of the same ole repertoire?
WE WILL GLORIFY HIM
WE WILL GLORIFY HIM
a quick, powerful, multi-rhythmic work
for choir (spoken/sung) with winds, piano, cello, bass
The asymmetrical rhythmic patterns in We Will Glorify Him by J. P. Markovich combine the unusual with the familiar in a way that intuitively melds the words with the music. It is fun to perform! The constant interplay between spoken voices and the chamber ensemble captivates your attention in this short contemporary choral piece.
Part of a praise suite, this piece was written for Markovich’s husband, Rich, upon hearing of his cancer diagnosis. Strong in faith, they stood together as he recovered miraculously by the gracious hand of our Lord Jesus Christ.
NOTE: This is a computerized performance, so the voice cannot be reproduced. However, the spoken vocal part imitates the snare.
Want a new composition to balance your traditional pieces?
out of introspection comes
a frolicking celebration of the Lamb
for chamber orchestra
THE LAMB is a short work but not without lasting impact. It begins in an expansive, ethereal realm of rest and ends in a multi-metered frolic across the tonal ranges of the instruments. Whether used as an encore, a short dance, or a film clip, THE LAMB is sure to delight the hearts of its listeners.