Digital Sheet Music - "Oostende" $60 CAD Duration: 4.5' Instrumentation: Wind Band Level 3+ (full instrumentation listed below) Oostende was inspired by my travels to Oostende, Belgium in 2018. While I was there, I heard these unique birds that always sang in a very distinct pattern, and if they ever harmonized with one another, it was in a Major 2nd . Their song inspired a motif for this piece. The other outdoor element I wanted to capture was the sound of the waves of the ocean. Being from Saskatchewan, the concept of tides and waves is very foreign to me. I found the sight and sound relaxing and calming. To best emulate this sound, I layered an ascending and descending arpeggio between the clarinets and alto saxophones, having each section enter in stretto creating an undulating ebb and flow. The melody encapsulates the awe and excitement I felt at seeing a new country and experiencing new sights and sounds. At times I felt disbelief at the very fact that I was there, and, therefore, felt this overwhelming sense of joy. While I feel it is impossible to capture the beauty of nature in song, I hope that those playing and listening to this piece can catch a sense of how amazing it felt to be there. Flute 1 & 2 Oboe (cued) Clarinet in Bb 1 & 2 Bass Clarinet in Bb Bassoon (cued) Alto Saxophone 1 & 2 Tenor Saxophone Baritone Saxophone Trumpet 1, 2 & 3 Horn in F 1 & 2 Trombone 1 & 2 Euphonium Tuba String Bass Timpani Snare Percussion 1 & 2 Percussion 3 (optional) Mallet 1 & 2 *note - a version with extended percussion is available as the work was intended for a high school band with 10 percussionists. Please contact me if you would like the extended percussion version.