Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson
performance time approx 1m 20s
Range S1: d'# – g''# / S2: c'# – e'' / A: b – c''#
Complexity: ***

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This piece is the last in the set Sea Pieces
The first piece is My river runs to thee
Exultation is sold only in the set Sea Pieces, and is not available for sale as an individual piece.
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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