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Karen Tanaka

Water of Life

for orchestra

(2013, rev. 2022)
Duration10'
CommissionCommissioned by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
PremiereMay 9, 2013; Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Peter Bay, conductor
Instrumentation2 Flutes
1 Oboe
1 English Horn in F
2 Clarinets in B flat
2 Bassoons

4 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C
3 Trombones

Percussion (3 players):
1) 1 Vibraphone
1 set of Tubular Bells
1 Tam-Tam
2) 3 Suspended Cymbals
4 different sized Japanese Temple Bowls on 2 Pedal Timpani in B and C
3) 1 Vibraphone
1 high octave set of Crotales
1 long Rain Stick
2 Javanese (or Thai) Gongs in B and A

Harp
Piano / Celesta

14 1st Violins
12 2nd Violins
10 Violas
8 Cellos
6 Double Basses
PublisherPSNY

Media

Program Note

When I composed Water of Life, I had two things in my mind. The first is biblical references to the water of life. I served as a church organist for many years, and verses about life-giving water always inspired me:

Revelation 22:1
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal,
flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb…”

The second is water in nature. I wanted to project images of various phases of water and shimmering light with orchestral sounds. The music gradually changes as the water flows continuously and is never in the same phase. The beginning of the piece, played by the harp and strings, suggests the birth of pure water. The music then flows freely with a pleasant feeling of a pulse. It gradually grows into turbulence and muddiness that, in the end, becomes filtered into purity.

– Karen Tanaka

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Piano Reduction and solo parts (Digital)

Chamber Ensemble Score (Print)

Full Score/Performance Score (4 required for performance) (Digital)

Full Score/Performance Score (4 required for performance) (Print)

Choral Score (includes 4 copies) (Print)

Anthology edition (Print)

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Choral Booklet (Print)

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Full Score/Performance Score (includes 3 copies) (Digital)

Full Score/Performance Score (2 required for performance) (Print)

Full Score/Performance Score (2 required for performance) (Digital)

Full Score (3 scores needed for performance) (Digital)

Performance Score (includes 4 scores) (Print)

Full Score (3 scores needed for performance) (Print)

Full score and Solo Part (Digital)

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solo part and piano reduction (Print)

solo part and piano reduction (Digital)

Parts (Mov. 11 only) (Print)

Full Score (4 needed for performance) (Print)

Choral Score Set - 20 copies (Print)

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Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

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Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Digital)
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Study Score (print) (Digital)

Study Score (print) (Print)

Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
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Vocal Score (Digital)

SATB choral score (Print)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
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Mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone score (Print)

Study Score (Print)

Study Score (Digital)

SATB choral score (Digital)

Mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone score (Digital)