Hellgate Beach

Hellgate Beach
Composer
Karen Siegel
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1980
Text
Karen Siegel
Year Composed
2008
Pages
13 (choral score )/18 (full score)
Minutes
5
Difficulty
4 (Auditioned chorus)
Language
English; Wordless
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Solos
Shotglass clinking by choir member
Instruments
Percussion (percussion 1: on tri., met. chimes, h. cym., l. cym., w. chimes, chinese w. bl., w. bl., log dr., c. bel., brake dr., & crot.; percussion 2: sand bl., med. toms, conga dr., & marimba; choir member: shot glasses)
Extended Techniques
Yes
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Sparse, distant, minimal; Rhythmic, with steady energy; Relaxed, dreamy, introspective
Description

The original text and music are inspired by the sounds of the meeting of waves and broken glass by the Hellgate Bridge in Astoria, Queens. This undulating motion is echoed in gentle sweeps of sound in both the percussion and the chorus. The voices of the chorus delicately weave through a shifting texture of metal and wood percussion sounds. Hellgate Beach was composed for and premiered by C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective with Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan in 2008.

https://soundcloud.com/karensiegel/hellgate-beach-excerpt

Audio Credit
C4, conductor David Rentz; percusion Dennis Sullivan & Levy Lorenzo
Group
C4
Performances
C4: 2008 Jun 7 (Hit It), cond. Rentz (World Premiere)