How Firm Thy Friendship

From Wind Repertory Project
James Swearingen

James Swearingen

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C L Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score & Parts - $40.00   |   Score Only - $4.00


Full Score
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-Tam)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An absolutely gorgeous chorale prelude which offers expressive melodies and broad lush harmonies not usually found in band literature at this level. A superlative piece for teaching tone production and phrasing concepts, it is also a wonderful selection for many concert or festival situations.

How Firm Thy Friendship was commissioned by the Shawnee High School Symphonic Band, Lima, Ohio, director Patricia A. West with cherished rememberances of Todd Rosebrock.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Craig A. Hancock, conductor) - 10 April 2022
  • University of Illinois, Springfield, Band (Abigail Walsh, conductor) – 18 November 2016

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