You Wave

You Wave

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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Preview PDF score:

YOU WAVE – perusal score PDF

(product unit code: EKRH0012)



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.




5 minutes



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.

You wave,


pause, bend

for beach glass, saltwater

tumbled, bit of frost.


It seems like the summer

you were here,



Waves, one by one, slow,

tumultuous and cumulative.

Tidal flow—


rising water, I know—

you wave.

I always know you’re here

and feel you go.




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