Heavy Weather

From Wind Repertory Project
Jess Langston Turner

Jess Langston Turner

Subtitle: Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 23:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $450.00   |   Score Only (print) - $80.00


1. Heat Wave – 9:50
2. Supercell/Threnody and Dissipation – 13:00


Full Score
Solo Tuba
Flute I-II-III (all doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-VI
Horn in F I-VI
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Crystal Glass
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gongs (pitched)
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Rainstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam (small)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Heavy Weather seeks to describe two powerful meteorological phenomena that can cause much damage and discomfort to humans -- a heat wave and a supercell. Rather than simply describing how one may be affected by a first-hand experience with one of these weather events, Heavy Weather attempts to depict the actual natural processes involved.

A supercell is a product of a highly unstable atmosphere. When a cold dry air mass collides with a warm moist air mass, supercells can form. Compared to a normal thunderstorm, a supercell is much severe and longer-lived. As the thunderheads build darker and higher, an upwardly rotating column of air (called the “updraft”) forms. The updraft is responsible for the formation of hail, and ultimately is instrumental in the formation of one of the most terrifying forces of nature, the tornado. As the storm grows more and more powerful and destructive, it becomes clear that, while man can control many things in this world, the weather remains out of our grasp. The piece ends as it began as the storm slowly dissipates. Tenuous stability returns to the atmosphere … for now.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • The Hartt Symphony Band (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsit, conductor; Scott Mendoker, tuba) - 30 April 2022

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