Is the first inspired in Satie? I't like a Gnossienne... I love it. The harmonic changes and the simplicity of the melody is a picture of "te restful sea".
The Voyage is delicious and a little impressionistic because of the pedals thar form some hybrid chords.
The Seabird: wonderful... Some people won't understand so many parallel fifths...
The Port: original rhythm (left hand).
In summary, I like it very much and I would remark:
1. The simplicity of the melody, clear and pure (no second voice...)
2. The left hand is never boring, besides it is built on repetition.
3. The concept of the set, it works very well altogether.
4. The style in general I would say it is impressionism.
How interesting that you picked up on that, tmarko! This is exactly the sort of musical style that the rule was invented in response to. Not doing things like that in classical music is part of what defines classical as classical. In this case, I feel like it works because it just points out the informality of the style for this piece... that this is in the folk genre. It wouldn't be appropriate in a formal classical piece, you're right. But the same thing that makes it wrong there, makes it right here. The point of the rule is to minimize attention to "ugly" sounding syllables. But folk music is much less judgey about those sorts of distinctions, and actually kind of revels in them as a way to say, "hi, we're here, and we proudly sound like we're from North Carolina" or where ever.
Yeah, they really sang the heck out of those triplets, didn't they? (: Glad you're enjoying the Sacred Harp. It's some of my favorite stuff!
This is a fun piece. Wonderful harmonic twists on "find me in time" both times. Just enough to make sure everyone is listening. And even with just 9 singers it works well.
Question, a number of times, you have embellishments happening on an "r" sound. I know it's not impossible to do, but I was lead to believe it should be avoided if possible. Is that just old thinking? I'm not a vocalist, so I'm not sure.
Thanks for pointing me to the "Sacred Harp". I found a version on IMSLP and started browsing. Lots of cool stuff in there.