Sara Kirkland Snider ~ Composer of Music

Chamber Ensemble

Daughter of the Waves

for flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello.

Commissioned by:  yMusic.
World Premiere: March 16, 2011, by yMusic, at the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall in New York City, NY.

Recording by yMusic, from their album, Beautiful Mechanical (New Amsterdam Records, 2010.)


“yMusic, a sextet that adds flutes, clarinets, and trumpet or horn to the string-trio mix, represented a step up in the quality of both performance and music. I particularly liked Sarah Kirkland Snider’s substantial “Daughter of the Waves”…”

–Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, December 2, 2012

“yMusic’s rich timbral colour comes especially to the fore during Sarah Kirkland Snider’s evocative “Daughter of the Waves” when a luscious weave of strings, horns, flute, and clarinet conjures imagery associated with mythology and—shades of her remarkable 2010 album, Penelope—Homer’s Odyssey. Filled with contrasts of mood, Snider’s standout piece exudes a dream-like flow as it moves through its myriad passages, with a late ruminative episode especially powerful.”

textura, November 1, 2011

“point-perfect…thoughtful and compelling.”

Glide Magazine, November 2011

“Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Daughter of the Waves proves to be a compelling exercise in dark liquescence, its initial surface calm disrupted and disturbed by dream-like interjections that border on the hallucinogenic and nightmarish in places. If the rock music element claimed to be integral throughout is at its most elusive here in Snider’s hauntingly wistful and restless fantasy, its absence doesn’t distract from its credentials as an imaginative and rewarding new work for classical chamber ensemble.”

The Classical Review, November 16, 2011

“Sarah Kirkland Snider, the composer of Penelope, revisits its agitated sound world with “Daughter of the Waves”, a nine-minute swirl of muted anxiety.”

Pitchfork, December 2, 2011

“…simultaneously anthemic and hypnotic, and also ebbs and goes out gracefully, almost like a ghost.”

Lucid Culture, September 18, 2011

“[Daughter of the Waves] takes a delicate, almost Impressionist approach, with ebullient cascades of sound along the way.”

Sequenza 21, October 18, 2011

“… cinematic… In the course of almost 9 minutes, [Daughter of the Waves] actually feels like it goes somewhere and stays there. Featuring undulating melodies that gets passed throughout the ensemble to represent waves, there’s also lush instrumentation on top and swells of emotive action.”

Middle Class White Noise, October 17, 2011

“Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Daughter of the Waves”, which takes its title from the translation of the name of Snider’s newborn daughter, also ventured briefly into [extended technique] territory with an episode of crunches and groans in the strings, but was overall gorgeously lyrical…”

I Care If You Listen, December 19, 2100

3 Responses to “Daughter of the Waves”

  1. I love this piece! Just heard it on Q2!

  2. Sarah says:

    Thanks, Heather!

  3. Taylor Kirkwood says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I just wanted to say that you are a tremendous inspiration to me, and this piece in particular really takes my heart to far away magical places. Is there a place I could purchase the score? I would love to watch the notes and listen, and support you in any way that I can! Thanks for all the wonderful music,


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