Come Down Rain

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Wilds

Jack Wilds

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00 | Score Only - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Rainstick
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Thunder Sheet
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Come Down Rain is a setting of an Arabic folk song by the same name. The text describes a rainstorm followed by a harvest celebration. This narrative guides the structure of the piece. It begins quietly, with atmospheric rain sounds. Indeterminate percussion effects utilize a Hijaz Kar scale to paint a rainstorm that slowly increases in intensity. A thunder sheet and brass melody signal the storm’s arrival. The slow music builds to a head before it is replaced by a dance-like setting of the folk song. The folk song is first stated in its entirety by the piccolo, bass clarinet, and bassoon at measure 31. The tune is taken through multiple variations and key centers until the storm arrives for a recapitulation in the original key at measure 99. From there, the piece steadily builds to the end.

Come Down Rain was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, the Lamar Middle School Band and their director, James Hairston, in honor of their performance at the 2017 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

- Program Note from Lamar Middle School Symphonic Winds concert program, 20 December 2017


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State Ratings

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