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Water Is Wide, The (Broege)

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Timothy Broege

Timothy Broege

Subtitle: Variations on an English Folk Song

This work is the fourth movement of A Jack Stamp Suite.

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This setting of the old English folk song O Waly Waly was composed for my good friend Dr. Jack Stamp as part of the celebration of his retirement in 2014 from a distinguished career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Renowned as a composer, conductor and educator, Jack was also responsible for commissioning my Sinfonia XII and Sinfonia XXI. In both cases he conducted the first performance of those works.

The Water Is Wide is just one of many song or hymn texts that have been used with this folk melody. The melody itself fits into a pleasant triple meter, but I wanted to use more metrical variety in my setting. Expanding the traditional folk idiom through the addition of more dissonant harmonies was also important to me. I know how much Jack Stamp values classic hymn tunes and "good tunes" generally, so I wanted to make a fresh arrangement of the old tune specially for him.

- Program Note by composer

Written to be included as the 4th movement to the multicomposer suite honoring the retirement of composer Jack Stamp. The folk song O Waly Waly is better known by its contemporary lyric The Water Is Wide, and happens to be one of Jack Stamp’s favorite songs. Composer Timothy Broege puts his own imprint on the compositional style of the dedicatee, Jack Stamp.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Broege, T.; Stamp, J. (2017). The Water Is Wide : The Fourth Movement of A Jack Stamp Suite [score]. Neil A, Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.
  • Perusal score