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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


In Score and Parts:

  • Percussion, Suspended Cymbal and Bass Drum, m. 52: Missing a tremolo on the dotted half note

Program Notes

Rain is a gentle work with a great deal of expressiveness. It paints a picture of a quiet rainfall with distant rolling thunder. The sound of droplets hitting the ground often puts me at ease for a reason I cannot adequately describe. For this reason, I chose to explain my thoughts through music, which has always been a more powerful means of expression for me than words. The melodic and harmonic lines convey the complexity of rain -- the sadness it brings to some, the calmness it brings to others, and its ability to rejuvenate; the soft droplets outside our window that can be so relaxing, yet can also be the cause of a raging river. It is my hope that groups will experience a wide range of emotions as they rehearse and perform this work.

- Program Note by composer

This contemporary lyrical work gets away from the typical ballad written for bands at this level. Instead, thick harmonies and wonderful textures become the canvas of this amazingly artistic work that is quite approachable for young bands, yet very appropriate for mature bands as well. Striking musical moments and subtle effects may actually make this the most memorable piece on your program. Inspirational!

Rain was commissioned by the Virginia District 10 Band Directors for the All District Middle School Symphonic Band.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Maryland: II


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Panther Creek High School (Cary, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Emily Krestar, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble (Chestertown, Md.) (Charles Thai, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Band (Emilie Bertram, conductor) – 30 April 2018
  • Prior Lake (Minn.) Middle School Honor Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Jennifer Rubin, conductor) – 21 April 2016

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