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Songs of the Ocean

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From the Publisher

Ann Cameron Pearce was inspired to arrange these three tone poems for SATB chorus when she heard them performed by the Jim Marshall Chorale in 1994. Composer Ryohei Hirose, perhaps best known for his flute ensemble Blue Train, was a respected professor and administrator in the Kyoto City University of Arts music department for more than 20 years, and originally wrote music for traditional Japanese instruments. The three pieces included here, "There Was No Ocean," "The Tufted Puffin," and "Lullaby for the Ocean" represent some of his later work for traditional western instruments and voicings, and translate beautifully to flute choir. For advanced ensembles.

There Was No Ocean

Sonorous lower flutes sing from ocean depths as they anchor a luscious and expansive flute choir sound. Pensive melodies sing their yearnings as they pass a musical question between all octaves of the instruments.

The Tufted Puffin

Puffins do what puffins do best: they flap, hop, and puff at a lively tempo, scampering about the ice. Driving rhythms support their frolic of lightly bouncing phrases.

Lullaby of the Ocean

Lush Japanese five-tone folk tunes move spaciously, depicting a gently rolling sea that beckons the listener to float off to peaceful dreamland.

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. There Was No Ocean
  2. The Tufted Puffin
  3. Lullaby of the Ocean

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Alto Flute or Flute
  • Part 6: Alto Flute or Flute
  • Part 7: Bass Flute or Flute
  • Part 8: Contrabass Flute or Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 7 Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Falls House Press
Publisher's reference: FH0374
Our Stock Code: 1006742
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts