Unquiet Waters

From Wind Repertory Project
Kevin Day

Kevin Day

General Info

Year: 2020 / 2023
Duration: c. 14:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Alto saxophone and piano
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($250.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


1. fast, turbulent – 6:22
2. still – 6:20
3. disturbed – 3:50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Timbales
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Unquiet Waters is a three-movement depiction of the "waters of our mind." This is the second composition of mind that deals with this idea and is inspired by Prasad Mahes:

The mind is like water. When it's turbulent it's difficult to see.
When it's calm, everything becomes clearer.

The movement titles are different states of the mind that we all deal with in some way: fast, turbulent; still; disturbed.

I often find it difficult to focus or to still my mind, being that life has become increasingly busier and more chaotic. The chaotic moments in this music drift in and out of the calmness, as I search more and more for mental clarity and peace of mind.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by Dr. Jordan VanHemert, Associate Professor of Saxophone at Hope College, Holland, Mich.

The sonata version of Unquiet Waters was selected as the 2020 NASA Composition Competition winner. The work was later professionally recorded and released commercially by acclaimed saxophonist Nicki Roman. This band orchestration of Unquiet Waters is dedicated to Nicki Roman, with admiration.

- Program Note from score


  • North American Saxophone Alliance Composition Contest, 2020, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Dan Haddad, conductor; Bob Eason, alto saxophone) - 24 October 2023
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor; Nikki Roman, alto saxophone) - 1 April 2023 *Premiere Performance*

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