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Derek Charke

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Subtitle: For junior high-level concert band

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 10:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Canadian Music Centre
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.99; (digital) - $56.99   |   Score Only (digital) - $11.99

Also available for loan or rental.


1. Low Tide – 4:30
2. High Tide – 6:15


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)

Recorded electronic soundscape


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Song of the Tides for concert band and pre-recorded sounds of the Bay of Fundy and Nova Scotia's South Shore. The work is in two movements #1 Low Tide and #2 High Tide. The first or second movements can be played on their own, or the two movements can be joined to create a longer work. The work is aimed towards younger players in Junior or Senior High School, as well as College and University ensembles.

The first movement is designed as workshop material that can be extracted and used by the band director as teaching material or for a class project. Students are asked to listen to the provided soundtrack that accompanies this movement and discover ways in which to imitate these sounds on their instruments. A selected group of soloists, or the entire ensemble, improvises over the soundtrack using sounds they have discovered. This component of the composition will be different every time it is performed and allows the band some ownership of the score!

Movement 2, High Tide, is fully composed and introduces extended techniques for younger players including glissandos, aeolian (air and breath) sounds, aleatoric notations and tapping on the bell of the instrument. A pre-recorded sound track plays only periodically during this movement.

The sound track includes wind, water, foghorns, seagulls and the sound of the tide roaring through the entrance of the Minas Basin at the tip of Cape Split, Nova Scotia. Students are introduced to soundscapes, electroacoustic composition, graphic notation and improvisation. This allows the student to hear the use of 'traditional' band writing in conjunction with deeper listening soundscapes.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash.) Concert Band (Minna Stelzner, conductor) - 2 December 2022
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Symphony (Pratik Gandhi, conductor) - 15 October 2022
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) Wind Ensemble (Mark Hopkins, conductor) – 21 October 2006 *Premiere Performance*

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