NW3045b

As if the sea should part

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson
SSA
performance time approx 1m 40s
Range S1: f' – d'' / S2: d'♭ – d''♭ / A: a♭ – a'♭
Complexity: ***

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This piece is part of the set Sea Pieces
The next piece is Exultation
As if the sea should part is sold only in the set Sea Pieces, and is not available for sale as an individual piece.
The second piece in the set is much stiller. An opening homophonic section with slowly shifting harmonies is followed by a separation between the Soprano 2 part and the two others — representing the imagined parting of the seas in the poem. The harmonies shift again, but then drift back to the F major tonality of the opening.

Words

As if the Sea should part
And show a further Sea —
And that — a further — and the Three
But a presumption be —

Of Periods of Seas —
Unvisited of Shores —
Themselves the Verge of Seas to be —
Eternity — is Those —

Poems by Emily Dickinson used by arrangement with the publishers and the Trustees of Amherst College from The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Thomas H Johnson, ed., Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright © 1951, 1955, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved.

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