In a Gentle Rain

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith

Subtitle: From the Willson Suite

General Info

Year: 1990 / 2000
Duration: c. 3:43
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Full Score
Solo Flute
Solo Oboe
Solo Clarinet
Solo Bassoon
Solo Alto Saxophone
Solo B-flat Tenor Saxophone
Solo E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Solo Trumpet
Solo Horn
Solo Trombone
Solo Euphonium
Solo Tuba
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Marimba
  • Pan
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Thunder Sheet
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Willson Suite draws upon the forces of nature of its inspiration. Composed in 1997, the suite was commissioned by the Willson Professional Brass Company, world-renowned makers of quality euphoniums, tubas and other professional brass instruments. The work is dedicated to Roger Behrend, one of the world's most accomplished euphonium soloists and a Willson artist.

In a Gentle Rain, the second movement, explores the simple beauty of a spring or summer showers. The composer invites you to close your eyes and experience the soothing beginning of the rain, the gentle rumble of the thunder, and the quiet conclusions. If you listen closely, you can hear the final drops of water falling from the roof of the house.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bay Winds (Annapolis, Md.) (Joseph Nalley, conductor) - 25 April 2023
  • Millersville (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Joe Cernuto, conductor, Jennifer Jester, euphonium) - 2 April 2022
  • Kishwaukee Concert Band (DeKalb, Ill.) (Dave Lehman, conductor) – 22 October 2017
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 7 May 2017
  • McPherson (Kan.) College Concert Band (Kyle Hopkins, conductor) – 20 November 2016
  • Band of Eagan High School, Eagan, Minnesota (Jackson Cobb, oboe) - 2014
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor; Ted Hamm, trumpet) - 29 February 2008

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Robert W. Smith website Accessed 6 September 2021
  • Smith, R. (1990). Willson Suite : Tronada, In a Gentle Rain, Hurricane : For Euphonium (Optional Tuba) and Concert Band [score]. Belwin Mills/Warner Bros.: [s.l.]