Willows of Winter, The

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BJ Brooks

BJ Brooks (arr. by composer)

General Info

Year: 1997 / 2005
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


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
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Willows of Winter was first written for piano in December 1997, and was then arranged for band by the composer in 2004. The work was originally titled Lazy Day and was premiered by the Wichita Falls (Texas) Community Band in May 2004.

Prior to publication, the composition was renamed with a title suggested by the composer’s wife. In describing the work she said, “Though a willow may be bowed beneath the weight of winter, its beauty is still seen as the promise of warmth and hope emanate from within.”

- Program Note from publisher

The darker sonorities of the clarinet and horn are featured during the lightly textured passages. Time changes throughout the piece give the work a sense of rhythmic freedom, symbolic of the random movement of a great tree in the wind. Throughout the piece a simple melody reflects the simplicity and majestic beauty of the willows on that December morning.

- Program Note from Beaumont Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 14 December 2005


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: II
  • Mississippi: IV-A
  • South Carolina: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Brooks, B. (2005). Willows of Winter [score]. Grand Mesa Music: Grand Junction, Co.
  • Schallert, Gary. "The Willows of Winter." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 256-260. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.