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By Trace Bails

For Wind Quintet

Grade 5





Rising Waters was written in Fall of 2020. A 6/8 meter creates a back and forth motion that is representative of the one-two crashing of the water that I saw in a local lake in the Texas panhandle. In both of the A sections there is a simple to compound meter change to signify panic before the rising waters overtake the watercraft. The B section of the piece is relatively calm. This is representative of the calm of being underneath the waves after the watercraft capsizes. Rising Waters has a frequently shifting pitch center. The pitch-centers of the work are varied to keep the listener on edge. Within the piece there are many representations of sounds from nature and one interjection of a man-made sound. 

A cricket chirp tends to fall within the frequency range of 2,000 Hz to 15,000 Hz and beyond. Crickets tend to produce musical trills or chirp that fall on a definite pitch that is usually below 10,000 Hz. Rising Waters incorporates the cricket chirp in the flute starting in measure 32 after the time change occurs and contributes to a sense of panic. It is heard in the oboe just before the change of time that occurs in measure 65. The B section contains the man-made sound reference. A quick five-note pattern of only one pitch is heard 5 times represents the danger signal of 5 short horn blasts from a ship. At the end of the B-section panic begins to ease as instruments drop off. As what would appear to be the end approaches, you again hear the chirp of the cricket. Suddenly, the waves begin crashing on the craft as it un-capsizes. The A-prime section recalls the characteristics of the first A-section as we find our way to safety. Then there is the final float to safety as everything calms down. At long last after fighting the rising waters, the craft has beached. The sound of the cricket one last time is heard as the craft reaches the land.