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By the River's Bend

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Warren Barker

Warren Barker

General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Thunder Sheet
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

At the dawn of a new day by the river's band, a songbird greets the rising sun. A gentle wafting of the breeze is felt as the river ebbs and flows toward its final end. The wind changes, without warning, and increases its fury, bringing lightning, thunder and heavy rainfall. As the story slowly subsides, the river once again becomes calm and free from disturbance. Suddenly, the sun breaks through with a glorious light and the river winds its way until night falls, and once again, all is peaceful and serene.

Commissioned by friends, family and his wife, Nancy, and dedicated in memory of a great teacher and musician, Wesley Shephard.

- Program Note from score

This melodic tone poem was commissioned in memory of Wesley Shephard (a local band director) by his wife, family and friends. John Koehler and the Evansville (Indiana) Symphonic Band premiered the work at the local Mesker Music Theatre on June 14, 1992.

The music depicts the changes of nature during a day by the Ohio River, which flows by Evansville. The four distinct sections are titled Daylight, The Storm, The Calm, and Nightfall.

- Program Note from Program Notes for band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Danny Boy (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1991/2010)

All Wind Works


  • Barker, W. (1993). By the River's Bend [score]. Birch Island Music Press: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 36.