Amber Waves


Amber Waves


Hirt, James A.

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

Amber Waves was born from the composers love for our great country. Full and sonorous scoring brings to life the brilliant landscapes around this land. Patriotic melodies can be heard woven in to the texture, the most notable being 'My Country Tis of Thee.'

Program Notes

In general Amber Waves is a celebration of American freedom inspired by several brilliant landscapes and sights from around our beautiful and blessed land. There are also several patriotic melodies heard in this composition – some are disguised or varied. Most notably what I view as the universal hymn of freedom, My Country 'Tis of Thee is the cornerstone of the work.

My Country 'Tis of Thee
Written by: Samuel Francis Smith

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of Liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrim's pride!
From ev'ry mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

My native country thee
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love.
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom's song.
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
the sound prolong.

Our fathers' God, to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!

Grade Level: 5
Copyright: 2006
Number of Players: Standard
Duration: 13:30

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Sample PDF

  • amberwaves.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Piccolo 1/2
    Flute 1 (3 players)
    Flute 2 (3 players)
    Oboe 1/2
    English Horn
    Bassoon 1/2
    Eb Clarinet
    Bb Clarinet 1 (2 players)
    Bb Clarinet 2 (3 players)
    Bb Clarinet 3 (3 players)
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    Eb Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Eb Baritone Saxophone

    Bb Trumpet 1/2
    Bb Trumpet 3/4
    Bb Trumpet 5
    F Horn 1/2
    F Horn 3/4
    Tenor Trombone 1/2
    Bass Trombone
    Tuba (1-3 players)

    Synthetic Celeste

    Percussion 1 (Bells, Snare Drum, Woodblock, Large Suspended Cymbal, Crotales)
    Percussion 2 (Large Suspended Cymbal, Vibraphone, Chimes, Large Tam-Tam)