My river runs to thee

Music: Sheena Phillips, Words: Emily Dickinson

Voicing: SSA

Performance time approx: 1m 20s

Range S1: c'# – a'' / S2: c' – f''# / A: b♭ – e''

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

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The three vocal parts alternately ripple after each other in canon (like the River of the poem), come together in Sea-like solidity, or chatter playfully like Brooks. The word ‘Say‘ becomes an extended exclamation — perhaps a response to the sea’s sparkling presence, perhaps a hesitation before posing the poet’s request: ‘Take Me!’ Like Dickinson’s attention, the focus wanders impulsively.

My River runs to thee —
Blue Sea! Wilt welcome me?
My River waits reply —
Oh Sea — look graciously —
I'll fetch thee Brooks
From spotted nooks —
Say — Sea — Take Me!

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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My river runs to thee

Sheena Phillips


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