chamber orchestra, fixed media
fl/dbl pic, ob, cl/bscl, Bari sax/dbl sop. sax, bsn; horn, tpt C, bstbn, tba, timp, perc(3), piano, strings
The Inevitable Wave(C) is the third work in a series, as it suffix suggests. It began life as an unaccompanied fixed media piece, which consisted of the sound of a single ocean wave breaking on a shore--about ten seconds long--that was ultimately stretched to be almost ten minutes long. [The wave was from a recording by Karen McCoy, made on the French Mediterranean coast in 2000.] The idea is of something that emerges from silence and grows ever louder, from a point where it is at first difficult to determine if there's even anything there or not, to a roaring, almost unbearable crescendo. That piece suggested that it should be further extended by the addition of live instruments.