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Land of the Thunder Dragon

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Michael Story

Folk song arranged by Michael Story


Subtitle: Based on a traditional Bhutanese song


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $62.00; (digital) - $62.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom, high mid (or snare drum) and low
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Based on the folk song Chumo La Dingshoin from the South Asian country of Bhutan, this powerful setting features four contrasting musical variations. Inspired by the mighty and potent thunderstorms that cascade down the Himalayas, it begins with a quiet flute solo, gradually changing character as the piece unfolds to a thrilling close.

- Program Note by publisher


- Program Note by composer


Known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a small country in southern Asia. Nestled between India to the southwest and China to the north, the country gets her nickname from its powerful thunderstorms.

Commissioned by the Spring Oaks Middle School Symphonic Band, Houston, Texas, Aaron Casillas, Director.

- Program Note from score


This work contains four complementary variations. The slow atmospheric introduction is marked "Moderately slow" and features solo flute with wind chimes. Suddenly much faster, the folk song is played by the low brass and low woodwinds. Each subsequent variation is slightly faster, growing with excitement and intensity, building towards a thunderous finale.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble (Chestertown, Md.) (Charles Thai, conductor) – 15 March 2020 (scheduled, but concert canceled)


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 74.5 (December 2019): 33. Printx
  • Perusal score