San Diego Story
"[Daughter of the Waves] is a bold octet for strings and winds…gentle surging motifs alluded to the lapping of waves on the shore…joyous, muscular…Snider’s use of the electric guitar and allusions to the easy, repetitive cadences of pop music added even more variety to her fresh, eclectic idiom.”
The Classical Review
“'Daughter of the Waves' proves to be a compelling exercise in dark liquescence, its initial surface calm disrupted and disturbed by dream-like interjections that border on the hallucinogenic and nightmarish in places...wistful and restless, an imaginative and rewarding new work for classical chamber ensemble.”
“yMusic’s rich timbral colour comes especially to the fore during Sarah Kirkland Snider’s evocative “Daughter of the Waves”...Filled with contrasts of mood, Snider’s standout piece exudes a dream-like flow as it moves through its myriad passages, with a late ruminative episode especially powerful.”
Fool in the Forest
"The composer has said that this piece was influenced by its being composed during her pregnancy and that the title references both her daughter's name (Dylan, Welsh, 'child of the waves') and the turbulent emotional states of pregnancy. It is open to many interpretations, and could as easily be heard as a [small-i] impressionist seascape/shorescape, Debussy's La Mer or Britten's Sea Interludes retooled for small ensemble, although it is not particularly imitative of either. It is superior mood music for those with ever-changing moods."