Against the Rain

From Wind Repertory Project
Roshanne Etezady

Roshanne Etezady

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-I
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Against the Rain is based on a choral work I wrote as a part of a set of songs based on poems by Edna St. Vincent Willay.

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

- Program Note by composer

This work received its premiere performance at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Michigan, by the World Youth Wind Symphony under the baton of Steven D. Davis on July 14, 2014.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) Wind Orchestra (Zachary Griffin, conductor) - 6 December 2023
  • Symphonic Winds of the Pacific (Chino Hills, Calif.) (Stephen Rochford, conductor) - 13 March 2023
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 23 October 2022 (New London, Conn.)
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) - 8 April 2022
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (Rachel Sorenson, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Jeffrey A. Spenner, conductor) – 15 March 2020
  • Texas All-State Symphonic Band (Frank Ticheli, conductor) - 15 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Derek Dillman, graduate conductor) – 27 September 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor)– 19 September 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor) - 24 April 2018
  • Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (James Jackson, conductor) – 11 March 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Eastern Division Conference, New London, Conn.)
  • University of Texas Symphony Band (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 22 February 2015
  • World Youth Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) - 26 July 2014 at Interlochen Arts Camp, Mich. - *Premiere Performance*

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