Rhythm of the Winds

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Erickson

Frank Erickson

General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $77.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


In Parts:

  • B-flat Clarinet I, m.71, beat 2: 16th note A at the end of beat 2 should be A# (correct in score)

In Score:

  • Flute, m.70, beat 2: 16th note C at the end of beat 2 should be D (correct in parts)

Program Notes

The alteration of two rhythms, one syncopated and the other an after-beat pattern, form the rhythmic basis for the main theme of this composition. The syncopation comes about by accenting the first beat, the second half of the second, and the fourth beat within a 4/4 measure. This rhythmic pattern has become a staple for many contemporary band compositions. A more melodic theme follows that is punctuated by short rhythmic fragments. As the two themes are repeated, the initial musical idea continues but in a constantly varying matter.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Arkansas: II
  • Georgia: III
  • Kansas: II
  • Maryland: III
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Mississippi: II-A
  • North Carolina: III
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: IV
  • West Virginia: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Mississippi University for Women (Columbus) Wind Ensemble (Ginger Zingara, conductor) - 13 November 2023
  • Cave Strings High School (Roanoke, Va.) Band (Brian Quakenbush, conductor) - 6 November 2023
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 17 April 2023
  • Loveland (Colo.) High School Symphonic Band (Michael Williams, conductor) - 2 March 2023
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) - 27 October 2019
  • St. Lawrence University (Canton, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Theresa Whitmer, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Truman University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Timothy Clasby, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) University Band (Amanda Fornshell, conductor) – 2 March 2017
  • Cesar Chavez High School (Stockton, Calif.) Titan Symphonic Band (Dennie Turner, conductor) - 11 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Belleville (Ill.) Community Band (Kerry Welker, conductor) – 9 December 2015
  • Avon (Conn.) High School Concert and Symphonic Bands (Kyle Culbertson, conductor) – 2015
  • Wheaton North High School Concert Band (Jon Noworyta, conductor) - 3 March 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Erickson, F. (1964). Rhythm of the Winds [score]. Belwin Mills: Miami, Fla.