Spring Tide, Wilsons Promontory

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Spring Tide, Wilsons Promontory is a much loved piece by performers and listeners alike. By Dindy Vaughan.



Scored for junior string ensemble (4 or 5 parts), with optional parts for flute, clarinet in B♭, trumpet in B♭, and junior percussion, this piece depicts the natural phenomenon of a spring tide, when the difference between a high tide and a low tide (or the rising and falling of the sea levels) is greatest, at Wilsons Promontory National Park, a remote location in south eastern Victoria. The piece begins slowly, and gradually becomes quicker and quicker before returning to its original tempo (lentoandanteallegrofuriosolento). Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola (opt.) and Cello parts can be performed by junior players with more confidence, while the Violin 3/Viola part is suitable for an absolute beginner and uses only open strings. Spring Tide, Wilsons Promontory is equally effective in a strings only, mixed instrumental chamber group or orchestra performance, and will make a wonderful addition to your concert repertoire.

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Number of Pages: 33

Number of Parts: 4 (minimum) for strings with optional parts for winds and percussion (4-6 players)



Violin 1

Violin 2

Violin 3/Viola


with optional parts for

Viola (additional)


Clarinet in B♭ 1

Clarinet in B♭ 2

Trumpet in B♭

Percussion (4-6 players) Small Drum, Bass Drum, Triangle, Rattle, Finger Cymbals, Handbell

How to use: This work for mixed ability players is suitable for a 4 or 5 part string ensemble, mixed instrumental chamber group or small orchestra using at least two violins, one violin/viola and one cello as the base. Additional instruments include viola, flute, clarinets in B♭, trumpet in B♭ and percussion. There are 4 percussion parts (Percussion 1 Small Drum; Percussion 2 Bass Drum; Percussion 3 Triangle & Rattle; Percussion 4 Finger Cymbals & Handbell). Percussion parts 3 & 4 can be played by 1 or 2 players each (if necessary, ensure the triangle is suspended from a stand). All you need to do is assign parts to the players in your ensemble while ensuring you have a satisfactory balance and blend of instruments. Some examples of instrument combinations include:

  • Violin 1(s); Violin 2(s); Violin 3(s)/Viola(s); Cello(s).
  • Violin 1(s); Violin 2(s); Violin 3(s)/Viola(s); (opt.) Viola(s); Cello(s); Flute(s); Trumpet(s) in B♭; Percussion.
  • Violin 1(s); Violin 2(s); Violin 3(s)/Viola(s); Cello(s); Clarinet(s) in B♭ 1; Trumpet(s) in B♭.
  • Violin 1(s); Violin 2(s); Violin 3(s)/Viola(s); Viola(s); Cello(s); Flute(s); Clarinet(s) in B♭ 1; Clarinet(s) in B♭ 2; Trumpet(s) in B♭; Percussion.


But these are only some of the many options! The Flexible Ensemble Series gives you the opportunity to mix and match parts to suit the young musicians in your ensemble.


Additional information

Base Instrumentation

Can be played by strings only, Can be played by strings plus other instruments, Can be played by winds, strings, and percussion

Number of Parts

4 part, 5 part, 6+ part


2-5 Minutes

1 review for Spring Tide, Wilsons Promontory

  1. Rosalind

    I have performed this piece a number of times over the years with a community youth string orchestra. They invariably respond with enthusiasm to the title and the musical effects contained within it. It also gives the opportunity for more advanced players to have a solo at the opening, which is a lovely way of creating a quiet atmosphere at the opening.

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