Invitation to a Voyage

for SSATBB choir a cappella

This setting of Charles Baudelaire’s iconic poem captures the “luxury” and “voluptuousness” of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s radiant translation. The six-part texture allows for thick, evocative chords in Dole’s jazz-influenced harmonic world. Slowly evolving chord progressions paint a picture of a person truly in love with another, asking that they go on a long journey to explore that love.

SKU: SDE-005 Categories: , Instrumentation:
Voicing:SATB, SSATBB
Season or Event:Autumn, General
Difficulty:Advanced, Very Advanced
Descriptive Tags:Ethereal, Friendship, Love, Nature, Water
Instrumentation:A Cappella
Language:English
Sacred or Secular:Secular

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