This piece depicts an old-time water wheel in operation, capturing the wheel’s rhythmic power with the background drip of water, woven together with original energetic themes of American pioneer life. As a massive machine that sometimes speeds up or slows down, exaggerated tempo flexibility can help tell the water wheel’s story. There are brief divisi in the cello and violin II parts. The upper cellos will need 4th position. The bass part is independent from the cellos.