The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls from The Sadness of the Sea

Composer
Sally Lamb
Text
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Year Composed
2012
Pages
12
Minutes
2:45
Difficulty
3 (Advanced high school collegiate or community chorus)
Language
English
Voicing
4 part treble chorus
Divisi
Yes
Instruments
Piano
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Dramatic, with dynamic contrasts; Restrained, holding back; Tense, with some edge
Description

This three-movement work with texts by American poets-two of them women-is appropriate for the very best collegiate or professional women's choirs. The first movement is a poem by Lydia Huntley Sigourney, renamed "The Sadness of the Sea," whispered text beneath descending melodic lines recalls the ghostly voices of forgotten souls. In movement two, "Glee, the Storm Is O'er," the singer can imagine hearty women singing a rustic sea shanty, depicting the tragic story of a fatal ship wreck. For the third song, the composer combines Longfellow's "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls," with "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" to capture a melancholy often felt while sitting by the shore or on a dock of a small Atlantic port, watching travelers come and go. The texts are secular but extremely soulful. The choral writing is contemporary, edgy and descriptive, and the piano part is for an extremely accomplished player.

Group
Triad
Performances
Triad: 2017 November 12, 18, & 19 (New Wine | Old Bottles)