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Bride of the Waves

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Herbert L. Clarke

Herbert L Clarke (arr. Appler)

Subtitle: Polka Brilliante

General Info

Year: 1915 / 2013
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: V (solo) /III (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Diana Appler
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Solo B-flat Cornet
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Bride of the Waves is a virtuosic cornet show piece composed by Herbert L. Clarke, a world renowned cornet soloist, composer and early 20th century bandmaster. This transcription maintains the style and spirit of the original. This piece makes music of the past become present as the audience is delighted by a masterful performance of technical skill.

- Program Note from publisher

Clarke composed more than 200 cornet solos during his lifetime. Of them, Bride of the Waves (1900) is still one of his most popular. Subtitled Polka Brillante, the work is a good example of the virtuoso cornet showpieces that were composed and being performed during the “Golden Age of Bands”. It is full of cadenzas, and includes melodies and rhythms with influences from both the cakewalk and ragtime.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band concert program, 27 September 2018


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Heart of Texas Concert Band (San Antonio) (R. Mark Rogers, conductor; Jacob Kolodziej, trumpet) - 4 July 2021
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Harper, conductor; Javian Brabham, trumpet) - 8 October 2020
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor; Sycil Mathai, cornet) – 27 September 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor; Matt Ernst, cornet) – 12 March 2017
  • New Sousa Band (Keith Brion, conductor; Charles Duval, cornet)

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.