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Amber Waves
James A. Hirt
wind ensemble (score and parts)
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Code: 11540
Price: $160.00
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Grade 5 | Platinum Series | Duration 13:30

Amber Waves was born from the composer's love for our great country. Full and sonorous scoring brings to life the brilliant landscapes around this land. Patriotic melodies can be heard woven in to the texture, the most notable being "My Country Tis of Thee."



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Piccolo 1/2
Flute 1 (3 players)
Flute 2 (3 players)
Oboe 1/2
English Horn
Bassoon 1/2
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet 1 (2 players)
Bb Clarinet 2 (3 players)
Bb Clarinet 3 (3 players)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1/2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1/2
Bb Trumpet 3/4
Bb Trumpet 5
F Horn 1/2
F Horn 3/4
Tenor Trombone 1/2
Bass Trombone
Tuba (1-3 players)

Synthetic Celeste

Percussion 1 (Bells, Snare Drum, Woodblock, Large Suspended Cymbal, Crotales)
Percussion 2 (Large Suspended Cymbal, Vibraphone, Chimes, Large Tam-Tam)

In general Amber Waves is a celebration of American freedom inspired by several brilliant landscapes and sights from around our beautiful and blessed land. There are also several patriotic melodies heard in this composition – some are disguised or varied. Most notably what I view as the universal hymn of freedom, My Country 'Tis of Thee is the cornerstone of the work.

My Country 'Tis of Thee
Written by: Samuel Francis Smith

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of Liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrim's pride!
From ev'ry mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

My native country thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love.
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom's song.
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
the sound prolong.

Our fathers' God, to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!

James A. Hirt was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1955. He currently teaches at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. His orchestral works have been broadcast on over 500 times in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada. He has had performances by The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, The Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra, The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, The DePauw Symphony Orchestra, and so on. In recent years James has become a noted composer of wind music winning high profile wind composition competitions The composer has received numerous commissions and won a many national composition competitions, grants and awards including: two prestigious A.S.C.A.P. awards, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, The Cincinnati Symphony’s Bicentennial Composers Competition, The American Choral Directors Composition Competition, the Margaret Fairbanks Jory Copying Assistance Grant, a University of Cincinnati Research Fellowship, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Competition, the WGUC 20th Anniversary Competition, and many A.S.C.A.P. Grants.



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