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Crossing the Bar (SSAA Chamber Orchestra Version)

No. 3 from "Love Was My Lord and King"

By Gwyneth W. Walker

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SSAA choir, piano or chamber orchestra - Medium
No. 3 from "Love Was My Lord and King". Composed by Gwyneth W. Walker (1947-). General. Octavo. 12 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.6377).

Item Number: EC.6377

Crossing the Bar creates images of the sea, with the "final voyage" leading us out across the water, to see our "Pilot, face to face." The musical setting endeavors to express the growth from peaceful to ecstatic moods, the tolling of the bell, the meeting of the Pilot. "May there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to see."

The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) is characterized by dark, yet transcendent imagery -- the depths of the ocean, the triumph of the spirit. These poems seem well-suited to musical settings for Men's Chorus. The deep tones. The sonority of male voices (perhaps speaking for the poet) rising in song.

Throughout the varied imagery of this poetry -- the depth of the sea, the dark of the night, the tumult of passion and the acceptance of death -- there speaks one, central message. "Love was my lord and king."
*Sound recording provided by the High School Mens's Honor Choir, Robert Ward, conductor (Southwestern ACDA Conference 2014)

Available Editions:
SATB
Choral Score (SATB, Chamber Orchestra or Piano), 6378
Chamber Orchestra Score (SATB), 6375
Chamber Orchestra Parts (All Voicings), 6376
Chamber Orchestra Replacement Parts (All Voicings), 6608
Full/Choral Score (SATB, Organ with optional Brass Quartet and Percussion), 7526
Brass and Percussion Parts, 7527
SSAA
Choral Score (SSAA, Chamber Orchestra or Piano), 6377
Chamber Orchestra Score (SSAA), 6374
Chamber Orchestra Parts (All Voicings), 6376
Chamber Orchestra Replacement Parts (All Voicings), 6608
TTBB
Choral Score (TTBB a cappella), 7720
Choral Score (TTBB, Chamber Orchestra or Piano), 6373
Choral Score (TTBB) Orchestra Score, 6506
Choral Score (TTBB) Orchestra Parts, 6507
Choral Score (TTBB) Orchestra Replacement Parts (All Voicings), 6609
Vocal Solo
Vocal Solo (High Voice), 5758

Additional Movements:
Love Was My Lord and King!: No. 1. A Sentinel Choral Score (TTBB, Chamber Orchestra or Piano), 6371
Love Was My Lord and King!: No. 2. There Rolls the Deep Choral Score (TTBB, Chamber Orchestra or Piano), 6372

Entire Work:
Love Was My Lord and King! (Orchestral Score), 6369
Love Was My Lord and King! (Orchestral Parts), 6370
Chamber Orchestra Replacement Parts (All Voicings), 6613.

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