The Water Bear, pictured to the right and whose scientific name is the "tardigrade," is a fascinating microscopic creature with four pairs of legs. It is known for its hardiness, able to survive in some of the most extreme conditions, including freezing cold, burning heat, and in the vacuum of space. But its striking appearance and awkward way of moving is what this music captures. This jig is a bit lumbering, not quite reaching the tempo or energy of a typical jig, and the harmonies are a bit quirky.
Water Bear Jig was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles, including:
The University of Memphis, Dr. Armand V. Hall, Associate Director of Bands
Rowan University, Dr. Joseph Higgins, Director of Bands
Viera High School, Dominick Eggen, Director of Bands
Oyster Bay High School, Matthew Sisia, Director of Band
Woodhaven High School, Bradley Faryniarz, Director of Bands.
Duration: ca 2'30"
- 1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 3 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon
- 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
- 2 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba
- Timpani, 5 Percussion (Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Woodblocks, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum, Triangle)
- Piano (optional), Double Bass