The Old Man of the Sea

Eileen KocherlakotaEileenKocherlakota

Grade 11, Burlington High School

“The Old Man of the Sea is for voice and piano. The lyrics are to a poem by James Whitcomb Riley titled “The Old Man of the Sea.” The poem sounds light at first, but the words give it a deeper and darker meaning. It sounded like a sea shanty when read, so that is the feeling that the music tries to evoke. The song has a chorus that comes back between verses. The chorus is always the same melody, but the verses each have a different melody to fit the feel of the words. The overall feeling of the piece can be described as “joyful” and “jaunty.” Enjoy!”

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The Old Man of the Sea


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