Call Us: 020 8662 8400
Planning on visiting us? Please book an appointment prior to travelling.

Tidepooling for Flute, Percussion, Guitar and Cello

You currently have cookies turned off in your browser. You won't be able to place an order until you turn them back on.
  • Highly recommended
  • Uses extended techniques

From the Publisher

Tidepooling places listeners on an Oregon beach, surrounded by the sounds of the waves, the wind, gulls flying above, and their own footsteps on the sand and in the water. Peering into a tide pool, a miniature world takes shape. A giant green sea anemone's tentacles ripple gently in the water before stinging unsuspecting prey. A small sculpin fish sits camouflaged at the bottom of the pool, then darts quickly to a new location when startled. Beware of the anemone! A purple shore crab crawls back and forth, protected by its hard carapace and brandishing its strong claws. An ochre sea star's quiet, still presence bellies its importance in this ecosystem. By feeding on muscles, it clears space, making way for all the other animals to live. 

Tidepooling was commissioned by Third Angle New Music and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, with generous underwriting support from Betsy Russell.


Percussion Needs (1 player):
Large tub of water with a microphone set up near by, wire whisk, colander with upper holes blocked with gaff tape so that only bottom and lower holes let water through, towel to dry hands, wind chimes (fairly unpitched, made of glass, wood/bamboo, or metal, the kind that would be hung at a beach house), 2 rough sand paper blocks, set of 5 temple blocks with hard plastic mallets, crotales (C4-C5 (written)), 2 bows, medium plastic mallets

Light amplification required for guitar and percussion

Performance duration (approx): 15'00

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


  1. The Beach (Coming)
  2. Giant Green Sea Anemone
  3. Sculpin
  4. Purple Shore Crab
  5. Ochre Sea Star
  6. The Beach (Leaving)

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Percussion
  • Part 3: Guitar
  • Part 4: Cello
Category: Other Flute and String Music
Publisher: D.C. al Platypus Publishing Company
Our Stock Code: 1646863
Score and parts (28 pages [score])

20% off Novello music20% off Novello music

20% off IMC music20% off IMC music