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Voicing/Instrumentation: SSATB a cappella

Lyrics: Stacey Philipps

Duration: 3:30

Difficulty: moderate-advanced (GIA level 4)


This yearning piece evokes the universal experience of missing those who are gone, whether temporarily or permanently, and originated as a response to the world retreating from COVID-19 in early 2020, when many connected via video calls to stay in touch from a safe distance. The feeling of constant longing while apart starts musically with the opening sound of a persistent unison hum; carries through in repeating harmonies that call to mind revolving, similar days and the struggle to connect and hear each other; explores tension and relief in suspensions and sometimes momentary resolutions, and dissolves into a vocalese of the ever-present ache of wanting to be together. The voices begin together, sometimes drop out, occasionally cross wires (and vocal lines), gradually falling apart like one does when grieving – and during the pandemic, like the sound delay of technology that's not quite up to real-time interactions – finally arriving ambiguously in an undefined space, the hollowness of an open fifth.


I see you

I hear you

I miss you


This score is also available for TTTBB a cappella (renamed So Close) here. Low voice arrangement commissioned by Chor Leoni.

Close Distancing (SSATB)

SKU: SP162
  • Your score will be delivered immediately by email as a print-ready 8.5"x11" PDF licensed for the number of singers in your ensemble. Thank you for purchasing the correct number of scores, so we can mutually support each other's music-making. All sales final.

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