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How Firm Thy Friendship

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James Swearingen

James Swearingen

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 4:05
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
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • 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 by publisher

Commercial Discography

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Audio Links

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State Ratings

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  • University of Illinois, Springfield, Band (Abigail Walsh, conductor) – 18 November 2016

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