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Joan La Barbara

Vlissingen Harbor

for voice and ensemble

flute (doubling piccolo), Bb clarinet, trumpet, percussion, harp, piano/celeste, and cello (1982)
Duration6'
PremiereDecember 6, 1982; Monday Evening Concerts at the LA County Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Joan La Barbara, voice
PublisherPSNY

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Program Note

During June 1982 I spent several days at the seaport village of Vlissingen in southern Holland. The beach outside my windows, though beautiful, was deserted and the large wooden jetties jutting out into the water beckoned like pathways to an infinite space. The ocean floor dropped off so suddenly that huge tankers rumbled by just fifty yards or so offshore.

Something about the place intrigued me, and I knew I would try to recapture its spirit. Vlissingen Harbor, then, gives a sense of what I saw and heard and felt there: the blinking lights in the darkness of ships anchored offshore, the dauntless windsurfers braving stormy seas and competing for space with huge commercial vessels, the fog, the wooden passageways to the sea, the contrast of constant motion and endless empty beaches, the isolation and serenity. The visual images are sonically reflected in the instrumental and vocal sounds.  Once can imagine approaching tankers, the wind, and the boathorns over the ongoing patterns and meter changes and, in the ending breath chorus for all 8 players, one hears the rolling waves, moving sands and one's own fantasy.

- Joan La Barbara

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Full score and Solo Part (Digital)

Chamber Ensemble Score (Print)

Piano Reduction and solo parts (Digital)

Choral Score Set - 16 copies (Print)
Includes 8 copies of the soprano/alto part and 8 copies of the tenor/bass part.

Score and part (Digital)

Score and part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Digital)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Digital)

Video and instructions (Digital)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Score and Parts (Digital)
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Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Digital)
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Full Score (Print)
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Tenor/Bass Part (Print)

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Solo Instrument Score (Digital)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Digital)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. A score PDF file is delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Score and Parts (Print)
A print edition of the score and part(s) ship to the customer's address upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. The email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer.

Solo Instrument Score (Print)
A print edition of the score is shipped to the customer's address upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Full Score/Performance Score (Print)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. Print edition(s) of the full score/performance score are shipped to the customer's address upon receipt. Multiple copies are included if the work has more than one player. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase.

Choral Score (Digital)
A PDF file of the choral score is delivered via email upon receipt. The set is priced to allow multiple copies of the PDF to be printed for performance by the purchasing organization only.

Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
Minimum order quantity is 8 copies. Single copies are not available.

Vocal Score (Digital)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
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Study Score (Print)

Study Score (Digital)