Ocean Cycles

Ocean Cycles is a gentle work for violin and piano from 2014.

Ocean Cycles was the winner of the Green Dot Journey Composer’s Project, Southern United States region, as curated by Vanessa Porter.

Program note:

The following is an excerpt from:

Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of gravitational forces exerted by the moon, sun, and rotation of the Earth. Tide changes proceed via the following stages:

Sea level rises over several hours, covering the intertidal zone; flood tide. The water rises to its highest level, reaching high tide. Sea level falls over several hours, revealing the intertidal zone; ebb tide. The water stops falling, reaching low tide. Tides are commonly semi-diurnal (two high waters and two low waters each day), or diurnal (one tidal cycle per day). The two high waters on a given day are typically not the same height (the daily inequality); these are the higher high water and the lower high water in tide tables. Similarly, the two low waters each day are the higher low water and the lower low water.

Below is a full recording of a live performance by Ivan Suminsky (Violin) and Nathan Cheung (Piano) from the Eastman School of Music Composers’ Forum on September 24th 2015 at Hatch recital hall:

Ocean Cycles (13:35)

A full score can be viewed here.