Tempered Steel

From Wind Repertory Project
Charles Rochester Young

Charles Rochester Young

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $140.00   |   Score - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drums (2)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Slap-stick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle (2)
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock (large)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As we grow stronger and more resilient through hardship, we become "tempered." Tempered Steel is a celebration of our triumph over these unavoidable hardships and obstacles that we regularly face. It rejoices in the tenacious and unrelenting resolve that is part of us all. As the title implies, the metallic sonorities of the wind band are continually explored and developed throughout the work, while the "tempest" is a symmetric hexachord that is exposed and developed through a variety of juxtaposed gestures and themes.

Tempered Steel was "forged" in 1997 as the first work to be commissioned by the Big 12 Band Directors Association. It was premiered by the Baylor University Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association convention in Kansas City, Missouri, that year.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Maryland: VI
  • New York: VI
  • Texas: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Barry L. Houser, conductor) - 4 October 2023
  • Encore Wind Ensemble (Twin Cities, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) - 16 April 2023
  • Chicago Wind Symphony (Chicago, Ill.) (Michael McCain, conductor) - 20 August 2022
  • Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Byron Graves, conductor) - 23 April 2022
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 6 October 2021
  • Traverse City (Mich.) West Senior High Wind Ensemble (Chad Mielens, conductor) - 29 February 2020
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Symphonic Band (Amanda Dumm, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • CBDNA North-Central (Chicago, Ill.) Intercollegiate Band (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Eric Shannon, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • College of the Sequoias (Visalia, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Michael Tackett, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Nathan Taylor, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band (Adam Gumble, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Seneca Valley High School (Harmony, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Bob Matchett, conductor) – 22 February 2019
  • Missouri All-State High School Band (Osage Beach) (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) – 26 January 2019
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Kurt Dietrich, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Symphony (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 15 October 2018
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 15 March 2018

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