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Boston Strong

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Zachary Friedland

Zachary Friedland

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Zach Friedland
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Boston Strong was first conceived in 2013 as a reaction to the indomitable spirit with which Bostonians met the challenge of the 2013 marathon bombings. The piece is built off several melodies inspired by the beautiful views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. These melodies are transformed and passed around the ensemble, while constant rhythmic energy reminds us of the excitement of marathon day. As the story unfolds, this thematic transformation serves to represent feeling of energy, reflection, and most importantly strength. The music builds to a climatic finish meant to embody and celebrate the insurmountable heroism, fortitude, and resolve shown by the people of Boston in the face of tragedy.

- Program Note by composer

During the annual Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two homemade pressure cooker bombs detonated 14 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart at 2:49 p.m., near the finish line of the race, killing five people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs. Three days later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released images of two suspects, brothers, who were later identified as Chechen Kazakhstani-American brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerian was accidentally killed by his own brother; Dzhokhar was captured, tried and sentenced to death.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • State College of Florida (Bradenton) Symphonic Band (Robyn L. Bell, conductor) – 14 November 2019
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Boston, Mass.) (Lewis J. Buckley, conductor) – 3 May 2015 *Premiere Performance*

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