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8 '

The tidal waters seem to flame.

for London Metropolitan Brass

‘The tidal waters seem to flame’ is the last line of Duncan Forbes’ poem Anno Domini, which describes the area around St Cuthbert’s Cross in Alnmouth, Northumberland. 

When the sun sets on the coast here a fiery light flickers and dances over the surface of the sea - the piece attempts to explore this effect by placing dark, silent water beneath burning specks of light.

[ Tpt., Tpt., Hn., Tbn., Tba. ]

The tidal waters seem to flame.Xan Gill
00:00 / 07:46

Full instrumentation:

Trumpet (x2), Horn, Trombone, Tuba


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