Sentimental Journey

  • Number of parts: 3 to 5
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Difficulty: Some Challenges
A popular Doris Day song, with lots of options: choose the number of parts you prefer and go for a classic 3-part harmony, contrasting rhythms or everything combined!


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This arrangement has 3 demonstrated options:

  • A: a standard 3-part harmony, where all the parts have the same rhythm. The melody is mostly in the bottom part but moves briefly to the top
  • B: a rhythmical 3-part harmony, with the melody in one voice and 2 contrasting harmonies, each with a different rhythm (one higher and one lower than the melody). For a 4-part harmony, add Voice 2.
  • C: a 5-part harmony combining A with the 2 contrasting harmonies from B.

All of the versions offer SOME CHALLENGES but, if you decide to combine different versions, you could describe the overall piece as CHALLENGING.

This song has a typical structure: 2 sections that are almost the same, followed by a contrasting section, then one more like the first 2 (known as A,A,B,A). It was written for Doris Day with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. There was an initial worry that the range in the melody would be too great for Doris Day, but it was hugely popular, becoming her first No. 1 hit and, at the end of World War II in Europe, it was the homecoming theme for many soldiers taking their own ‘sentimental journey home’.