Dark Waters
for chamber orchestra

Composition Date: 2016
Revision Date: 2016
Duration: 00:07:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
Dark Waters is an imaginary title that paints a mental picture of the mysterious “altered state” of nature. The composition is written to showcase four distinctive instrumental forces: a woodwind quartet, a brass quartet, two percussion, and strings. Each instrumental group is assigned with a characteristic music gesture to describe the vicious cycle or transformation of water. The quiet rumbling woodwinds gestures against sustained low brass chords and slow moving strings lines signifies some persistent everlasting energy. This prominent music theme is subdued at first, but becomes increasingly volatile and rises to an intense “tutti” figure that symbolizes the unifying force of destruction. The final dissolution of music textures into pointistic instrumental dialogues leaves an unsettled impression of the erratic traits of nature.

Premiere Information:
24 May 2016, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, New York, New York, USA
SONOS Chamber Orchestra; Erik E. Ochsner, conductor


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 H678dar 2016
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 26, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    56 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 86
  • Additional Information:
  • 1111/1111/2 perc/str
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