SATB chorus & piano
words by Emily Sanford
music by E.K.R. Hammell
Commissioned by Exultate Chamber Singers, Mark Ramsay – artistic director
Premiered May 24th 2019 in Toronto, ON, Canada.
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PREMIERE PERFORMANCE: Exultate Chamber Singers (May 2019)
*This audio is a performance of an earlier version of the piece. Updated version reflected in the perusal score above.
You Wave is a piece about memory. Fragmented piano gestures underlie a gently lilting vocal melody, intending to illustrate nostalgic—yet imperfect—images of a unique moment in time. The lulling motion of the tide ebbs and flows in an almost seamless exchange with the feelings of the narrator as they recall this deep, shared personal experience with a special individual.
(Reproduced with permission from the author:)
“You Wave” by Emily Sanford
Come slowly to sit with me on the shore
look out at the horizon
the dazzling motion of waves—
light dapples watercrests
in shimmerings that trick the eye.
for beach glass, saltwater
tumbled, bit of frost.
It seems like the summer
you were here,
Waves, one by one, slow,
tumultuous and cumulative.
rising water, I know—
I always know you’re here
and feel you go.