Waves - Orchestra (Op. 7)


"Waves is an evocative and dramatic work for Orchestra that highlights many of the colors of the ensemble. The tune, first featured in the Viola solo and then developed further along, was written in the sand at Jacksonville Beach by the composer, Daniel Farrell. Upon writing the theme, he hastily wrote that evening an early sketch of what would become Waves.

Waves is inspired musically by the minimalist movement of the 20th century. In keeping with Daniel Farrell’s signature “Neo-Romantic” style however, it is infused with the lush melodies he is known for creating. The piece features the use of an Ocean Drum, a unique percussion instrument meant to directly portray the motion of the waves. The overall structure of the work also parallels the motion of waves on a beach: gradually becoming larger and building upon itself until it reaches a heightened climax in which the wave crashes on the shore. It then recedes (as illustrated in the Flute and Viola solos) into nothingness again.

This is perfect for youth orchestras and developing high-school and early college ensembles."


Intermediate Difficulty

PDF of Original 8.5x14 Size Score and 9x12 Size Parts (For Professional Printing)
PDF of Reduced 8.5x11 Size Score and Parts (For Printing at Home/Practice Parts)

Waves - Orchestra (Op. 7)