Music: Sheena Phillips, Words: Emily Dickinson

Voicing: SSA

Performance time approx: 1m 20s

Range S1: d'# – g''# / S2: c'# – e'' / A: b – c''#

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

It is not available for purchase as a single piece.

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The final piece in the set darts up and down melodically, a reflection of the headlong excitement of an ‘inland soul’ on first going to sea. Rising phrases in the two lower parts at first complement the rushing phrases of the upper part — until they too become swept up in the rushing exuberance of the first.

Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea,
Past the houses — past the headlands —
Into deep Eternity —

Bred as we, among the mountains,
Can the sailor understand
The divine intoxication
Of the first league out from land?

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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