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Beneath the Wave

By Luke Flynn

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Choir, SATB - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Luke Flynn. World, Asian, Patriotic. Octavo. 20 pages. Published by Luke Flynn Publishing (S0.76109).

Item Number: S0.76109

To all of those in Japan who lost their lives in the tsunami of 2011. Ganbare, Nippon. "Having entered Japan only a few days after the massive earthquake and tsunami disaster that occurred in March of 2011, I was able to witness firsthand the indescribable amount of pain and suffering that so many were put through.However, it was not just waters of destruction and sadness that swept the country; a wave of strength, endurance, and love guided the people of Japan to remain focused on what was important: recovering and helping one another.Beneath the Wave's title comes from Hokusai’s famous painting, The Great Wave. Next to Hokusai’s signature he has written three Japanese phrases, among them is "nami ura", which translates to English as "beneath the wave".In Hokusai’s painting there are 30 fishermen in boats, rowing fearlessly toward their demise, unafraid of the titan that nature has sent toward them while Mt. Fuji (representing heaven), in the center of the painting, watches over them.When writing the text, I tried to relate the events of March 2011 to some of the symbolism that can be found in Hokusai’s painting in a series of four correlating, non-standardized, Japanese haiku, known as gendai. May all of those who lost their lives on March 11, 2011 find eternal peace, and may all of their families and loved ones find solace in knowing that their loves ones sleep peacefully beneath the wave." - Luke Flynn

Luke Flynn (b. 1988) is a composer and conductor living in Los Angeles, CA. In the media music industry, Flynn is a highly active force, composing the scores for a variety of films and video games, and working on film scores for the biggest composers in the industry, including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and Danny Elfman. His Hollywood music department credits include some of the biggest movies in the world, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney's The Jungle Book, Ghostbusters (2016), and many others. As a concert composer, his music is regularly performed and commissioned by major symphony orchestras, choirs, and ensembles throughout the world. Flynn’s works also consistently win or place as a finalist in international composition contests, including the Sydney Australia Contemporary Orchestra call for scores, the South Korea Busan Maru International Composition Contest (orchestra), the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the CSUN Orchestra Northridge Composition Prize, and the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Composition Competition. Flynn holds a Master of Music Composition degree from Butler University, where he studied with Michael Schelle, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from Clarke University, where he studied with Amy Dunker, and has also had the privilege of being the first ever American student to study music composition at 鹿児島国際大学, the International University of Kagoshima in Japan, where he studied with Tadashi Kubo.

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