Composer Rich Campbell

Coney Island

For a cappella SATB choir. Duration 4:00

Often described as haunting, “Coney Island” is a poem written by Pulitzer prize winning American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). To achieve this haunting feeling, two melodic fragments are heard in the opening measures of the soprano part and immediately inverted or mirrored by the basses. The first fragment is built on seconds and returns in triplets in the second half. The other fragment, written in larger intervals, reappears, augmented, in the bass section, then in counterpoint near the end.


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