Water Bear Jig

From Wind Repertory Project
Roger Zare

Roger Zare

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Roger Zare Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Water Bear, whose scientific name is the "tardigrade," is a fascinating microscopic creature with four pairs of legs. It is known for its hardiness, able to survive in some of the most extreme conditions, including freezing cold, burning heat, and in the vacuum of space. But its striking appearance and awkward way of moving is what this music captures. This jig is a bit lumbering, not quite reaching the tempo or energy of a typical jig, and the harmonies are a bit quirky.

Water Bear Jig was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Symphonic Band and Concert Band (David Martin, conductor) - 28 February 2019
  • 2018 Tennessee All West Blue Band – 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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