High Water Rising

From Wind Repertory Project
Sally Lamb McCune

Sally Lamb McCune

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Egg Shakers (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The piece was originally inspired by David Shumate's poem High Water Mark (2004). The depiction of a great flood, the water rising to record heights, all manner of things being carried away with the current, and the indelible impression such an event leaves on those who live through it, got me thinking musically.

Although the piece was percolating for some time, High Water Rising was begun in 2017, shortly after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement, signed by 195 nations, was an attempt to bind the world community in battling rising temperatures. The U.S. is the second largest polluter in the world.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • MusicFest Canada: B600


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Maryland Baltimore County Wind Ensemble (Brian Kaufman, conductor) - 19 November 2023
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Bradley P. Ethington, conductor) - 16 November 2023
  • Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces – 17 May 2023
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Kraig Williams, conductor) - 9 December 2022
  • Penn State University (State College) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, conductor) - 7 December 2021
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Jeffrey Spenner, conductor) - 21 November 2021
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Brendan Boyle, conductor) - 12 September 2021
  • The Hartt School Omni-Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsit, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 7 March 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 3 March 2020
  • Belmont University (Nashville) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) Wind Symphony (Mary K. Schneider, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • California State University, Fullerton, Wind Symphony (Dustin Barr, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • College of New Jersey (Ewing Township) Wind Ensemble (Eric Laparde, conductor) – 8 March 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) - 1 December 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • Bläßerphilharmonie Aachen (Aachen, Germany) (Miguel Etchegoncelay, conductor) - 15 and 16 June 2018
  • CBDNA East Intercollegiate Band (New Haven, Conn.) (Cynthia Johnston-Turner, conductor) – 10 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Eastern Conference, New Haven, Conn.)
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston-Turner, conductor) – 19 January 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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