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Through the Storm

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JaRod Hall

JaRod Hall


General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 3:08
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon< br /> B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Rain Stick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

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Program Notes

Through the Storm is a work for band that encapsulates the anticipation, serenity, calamity, chaos, and majesty of a harsh winter storm. Inspired by the Texas "deep freeze" in February 2021, this work begins as all winter storms do -- with the foreboding first fallen flake. The opening marimba's driving melodic fragment is insistent, yet ever changing -- like the winds of winter. At times, the majesty of the storm can be quite breathtaking, like the horn swell into the first lush and lyrical section of the piece.

As instruments add in, we are quickly drawn to the volatile nature of the storm, both strong and violent. Percussion instruments clash and clamour, whipping the main idea to the menacing lower voices. Things calm down a bit as we reach the eye of the storm, but we still aren't quite at ease. Tensions rise and fall, the temperature begins to drop with hardened, frigid layers of sounds. The horns return to remind us of the true majesty of the storm, but are soon overtaken by the urgent groove of the percussion section, charging us to the eye wall -- the most dangerous part of the storm. The storm swells to its most aggressive episodes with alternating low and high voice entrances and a final crescendo to the biggest impact of the night. Then, almost as quickly as it came, the storm begins to recede. The winds slow down. Snow falls more slowly, but still slightly slips through sparse pockets of the night air. We have finally made it through the storm.

- Program Note by composer


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