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Water Is Wide, The

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Scott Stanton

Folk song arranged by Scott Stanton


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Clarinet

Part 2
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in E-flat

Horn in F
Part 3
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • B-flat Trombone T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • Horn in E-flat
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone

Bass Clef

  • Bassoon
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Viola
  • Cello

Part 4
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • Trombone T.C.
  • B-flat Tuba T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Tuba T.C.

Bass Clef Instruments

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Bass

  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass Guitar
  • Keyboard Bass
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Tuba
Keyboards

  • Piano
  • Electric Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Accordion
  • Organ

Timpani
Percussion

  • Bass Drum (or Drum Set)
  • Cabasa
  • Congas/Toms
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Guitar


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This famous melody is now accessible to bands of virtually any instrumentation. Every instrument has the opportunity to share in the melody, and it is carefully scored to help even the smallest bands sound full and mature. The melody is presented first for a solo instrument, and then leads with a dramatic modulation to a glorious final chorus.

- Program Note by publisher


The Water Is Wide (also called O Waly, Waly or simply Waly, Waly) is a folk song of Scottish origin, based on lyrics that partly date to the 1600s. It remains popular in the 21st century. Cecil Sharp published the song in Folk Songs from Somerset (1906). It is related to Child Ballad 204 (Roud number 87), Jamie Douglas, which in turn refers to the ostensibly unhappy first marriage of James Douglas, 2nd Marquis of Douglas to Lady Barbara Erskine.

The imagery of the lyrics describes the challenges of love: "Love is handsome, love is kind" during the novel honeymoon phase of any relationship. However, as time progresses, "love grows old, and waxes cold." Even true love, the lyrics say, can "fade away like morning dew."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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