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Stand the Storm

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Julian Work

General Info

Year: 1963
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Out of print

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Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Stand the Storm composer Julian Work described himself as a composer who was influenced by the music of Debussy and Ravel. However, he hastened to add that he was not wholly an Impressionist, for he hoped that he had developed his own style of orchestration. Like many other Impressionist composers, he insisted on the freedom to use whatever compositional devices might best serve the needs of his current subject. His melodies are generally built not from strong, broadly articulated themes, but from short motives of narrow range. The effect of the chord was an important compositional device for Work. If the chord was particularly striking, it may have been repeated in parallel motion, a typical Impressionist harmonic technique. These chords can move by any interval, but most often move by step. Work also used triads with ninths, elevenths, and thirteenths that often resolved unexpectedly. The extensive chromaticism in his compositions, along with parallel chords, weaken the progression toward the tonic. Work, although bound by tradition, sought to create new compositional forms that suited his musical taste. He wished to leave his listeners not with a profound answer, but with an impression.

Julian Work’s Stand the Storm [is] an untraditional march composed in a compilation of meters and machinations.

- Program Note from Yale Concert Band concert program, 15 April 2016


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 15 April 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 346. Print.
  • Work, J. [1963]. Stand the Storm [score]. Shawnee Press: Delaware Water Gap, Penn.