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Water Is Wide, The (flex)

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Greg Danner

Greg Danner

Subtitle: For Flexible Wind Band with Adaptable Parts

General Info

Year: 2006 / 2020
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Includes parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 for each wind instrument

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III (optional), including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dating back to the 1700s, the Scottish folk song The Water Is Wide was initially known as O Waly, Waly. This free setting connects original music with the source melody in a continuous unfolding of melodic and motivic material.

- Program Note from 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

Performance Notes

Each part is transposed and playable by any wind or keyboard percussion instrument in the ensemble. Recommended part assignments are included, but directors may “mix and match” as they see fit.

Players should pay special attention to dynamic shading, harmonic tension and resolution, and balance to allow the music to be fully expressive.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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