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Angel Island Passages

For Children's Choir and String Quartet

By Chen Yi

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Children's Chorus, String Quartet 2 Violins, Viola, Cello
For Children's Choir and String Quartet. Composed by Chen Yi (1953-). Text by Chen Yi. Premiered by the SFGC and Cypress String Quartet, San Francisco Conservatory, CA. Secular choral. Set of parts. With Standard notation. Composed 2010. Duration 15 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #312-41859M. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.31241859M).

Item Number: PR.31241859M

Key: Atonal.

Often called the Ellis Island of the West, Angel Island in San Francisco was used as an immigration station in the first half of the 20th century, processing some one million Asian immigrants. Because of U.S. policy of the time, many spent years on Angel Island awaiting entry. Recently named a National Historical Landmark, Angel Island and its history is the inspiration behind Chen Yi's Angel Island Passages, commissioned by the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Chen explores the experiences of the immigrants, even using poems carved in the walls, to express the mood, the patient yearning, and the ultimate release and embrace of a new country. Angel Island Passages was premiered June 4-5, 2010 by the SFGC and the Cypress String Quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory. For advanced performers. Duration: 15'.

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