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Boreas: The North Wind

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Derek M Jenkins

Derek M Jenkins

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mühltal Musikpresse (available through Derek M. Jenkins)
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00 (print) or $40.00 (digital)   |   Score Only - $30.00 (print) or $10.00 (digital)


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (3-dbl Picc.)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Timpani
  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • 2 Tom-Toms
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Marimba
  • Brake Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Ratchet
  • Whip
  • Xylophone
  • Tam-Tam
  • Chimes
  • Triangle
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

And long he’d been without his heart’s desire
While he preferred to woo with words not force.
But when fair speeches failed him,
The north wind’s too familiar mood at home.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book VI

Boreas was an ancient Greek deity, personifying the north wind. He was a winged god of ruthless disposition, which was rivaled only by the harsh wintry winds at his command. Boreas fell in love with Orithyia, the King’s daughter. Contrary to his genuine nature, he attempted to woo her with sweet words of devotion. His efforts were in vain, and Orithyia failed to yield to his advances. With this rejection, Boreas’s temper flared and he, once again, was overcome by his icy and merciless nature. Like Boreas, this work begins with slow, lyrical lines that quickly fade into an unrelenting fury of anger. Moments reminiscent of Boreas’s words of affection appear, but they are quickly washed away as the piece escalates.

Boreas was commissioned in 2010 by Timothy Shade and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble.

-Program Note by Derek M Jenkins


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Western Michigan University Concert Band (David Montgomery, conductor) - 31 March 2017; Kalamazoo, MI
  • Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble (Matthew Luttrell, conductor) - 18 March 2016; Wichita Falls, TX
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) - 23 October 2014; Kansas City, MO
  • Bethel College Wind Ensemble (Timothy Shade, conductor) - 15 February 2011; Newton, KS
  • Bethel College Wind Ensemble (Timothy Shade, conductor) - 7 December 2010; North Newton, KS

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