Angel Island Passages

For Children's Choir and String Quartet

Chen Yi

Choral Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: Women's Chorus
Item Number: 312-41859
Text: text by Chen Yi
Duration: 15:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


Quick Overview

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. Dur.: 15'

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Angel Island Passages - Set of Parts
Angel Island Passages - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by San Francisco Girls Chorus


I. 1882
II. Longing
III. We Are America