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This is Water (Print) Wind Ensemble

IMPORTANT: Scores and parts for "This is Water" are currently only printed in response to orders. This may alter processing times.

Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble (34 performers minimum)

  • Piccolo
  • Flute 1 & 2
  • Oboe
  • English Horn
  • Clarinet 1, 2, & 3
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Sax 1 & 2
  • Tenor Sax
  • Baritone Sax
  • Bassoon 1 & 2
  • Horn in F 1, 2, & 3
  • Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, & 3
  • Trombone 1 & 2
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Piano
  • Double Bass
  • 5 Percussionists:
    • Glockenspiel
    • Vibraphone
    • Marimba
    • Chimes
    • Percussion 1: Crash cymbals, low tom, suspended cymbals, field drum, finger cymbals
    • Percussion 2: Bass drum, crash cymbals

Duration: 5'20''

Difficulty: Intermediate - Advanced Intermediate



This is Water is a musical contemplation of a commencement speech given by the late David Foster Wallace in 2005 at Kenyon College. Wallace warns against thinking according to our personal defaults due to their tendency to encourage a perspective that is both self-centered and narrow. He argues the importance of questioning, challenging, and reframing everything, including if not especially, that which we consider to be basic fact. This is Water mirrors this sentiment by embracing ambiguities in harmony, phrasing, and texture to allow for the limited material to be experienced across a wider spectrum of being than its original presentation.


    This is Water (Print) Wind Ensemble

    • Printed Goods:
      In the case of undamaged products, you may receive a full refund credited back to your original method of payment if you make your request before the product has been printed. If you are dissatisfed with your purchase for any reason, please contact us at within 30 days of your receiving the product to discuss your reason for dissatisfaction and potential actions to make things right. If you wish to make a claim after 30 days of your receiving the product, you may as we would love to help, but we cannot guranttee any actions will be taken after the 30 window.

      In the case of damaged or incorrect products, we will offer a full refund credited back to your original method of payment. Your claim must come within ten days of your receiving the music and it must include clear pictures and or video of both the product and the packaging. If you make your claim after the ten day window, we would still like to work towards making things right, though we cannot guarantee a refund for claims made after the 10 day window. 

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