Land of the Thunder Dragon

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Story

Folk song arranged by Michael Story

Subtitle: Based on a traditional Bhutanese song

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $62.00; (digital) - $62.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom, high mid (or snare drum) and low
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on the folk song Chumo La Dingshoin from the South Asian country of Bhutan, this powerful setting features four contrasting musical variations. Inspired by the mighty and potent thunderstorms that cascade down the Himalayas, it begins with a quiet flute solo, gradually changing character as the piece unfolds to a thrilling close.

- Program Note from publisher

- Program Note by composer

Known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a small country in southern Asia. Nestled between India to the southwest and China to the north, the country gets her nickname from its powerful thunderstorms.

Commissioned by the Spring Oaks Middle School Symphonic Band, Houston, Texas, Aaron Casillas, Director.

- Program Note from score

This work contains four complementary variations. The slow atmospheric introduction is marked "Moderately slow" and features solo flute with wind chimes. Suddenly much faster, the folk song is played by the low brass and low woodwinds. Each subsequent variation is slightly faster, growing with excitement and intensity, building towards a thunderous finale.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble (Chestertown, Md.) (Charles Thai, conductor) – 15 March 2020 (scheduled, but concert canceled)

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  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 74.5 (December 2019): 33. Printx
  • Perusal score