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Voyage to a New Land (SATB + Piano)

Composer

David Rubenstein

Year of composition

2002

Lyricist

Simon Read

Difficulty

Moderate (Grades 4-6)

Duration

11 minutes

Genre

Modern classical music

Instrumentation

Choir

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"Voyage to a New Land" is a contemporary work for four-part chorus (SATB) and piano. A version is also available for women's chorus (SA and piano); see associated scores below. This piece is about the thoughts of emigrants who leave the old country under duress. Full of misgivings, they wonder why they must leave their country. They undergo a perious voyage through stormy seas, and when they finally reach land, they react in a frenzy of pent-up feelings and joy. Soon they begin to feel homesick, and have second thoughts about their irreversible decision to emigrate. Finally they resolve to take advantage of the opportunities and bounty of their new home. Written in five sections, the music flows through a wide range of moods that closely follow the emotions expressed in the lyrics. The first theme that starts out the piece in a majestic mood is repeated later on in counterpoint, hardly recognizable in its tearful emotion. When the theme returns again at the end of the piece, it is first sung in a minor mode. A short cathartic interlude expresses in a crescendo the new dreams and goals of the immigrants. Then the main theme is repeated nervously in a major key, expressing the transformation to an apprehensive optimism about the future. For the entire set of lyrics, see: http://users.erols.com/druben/voyage.html

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