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Blue Norther

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Rob Smith

Rob Smith

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 7:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Castanets, mounted
  • Gong, small
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Muskego High School Symphonic Band, Muskego, Wisc., Jamie Beckman, Director.

- Program Note from score

Blue Norther is a Texas term referring to a cold front that creates extremely windy conditions and dramatic temperature drops in a very short period of time. The blue norther gets its name from the blue haze that often appears at the front edge of these weather systems.

The sparse opening, with its mournful minor melody, represents a hot Texas plain before it is besieged by a blue norther. Loud percussion rolls, rapid woodwind passages and a chorale-like theme in the brass represent the norther. This aggressive and fast paced material dominates the work like the front will dominate the plain, but eventually the original mood returns as the front passes.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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