As if the sea should part

Music: Sheena Phillips, Words: Emily Dickinson

Voicing: SSA

Performance time approx: 1m 40s

Range S1: f' – d'' / S2: d'♭ – d''♭ / A: a♭ – a'♭

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This piece is part of the set "Sea Pieces".

It is not available for purchase as a single piece.

The set also includes:

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.

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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As if the sea should part

Sheena Phillips


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