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Nature-themed repertoire

I am doing a collaborative Fall Concert with one of my feeder middle schools, and their director has selected a "nature" theme for the concert. I have already selected "Herbstlied" by Schumann for my women's ensemble, but I am hoping to get some suggestions on other nature-themed repertoire for the following voices:
 
SAB or Two-part mixed
SA or SSA
SATB with minimal/no divisi
 
Because this is my first year with this high school, I am not sure of what they are capable of performing. When making suggestions, air on the side of easy/medium, (although I am open to more difficult repertoire suggestions, too). My struggle is finding QUALITY repertoire. As we all know, there is a lot of garbage out there.
 
Thank you for your help!
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on August 9, 2012 12:59pm
Robert Young wronte a nice little trio of songs called Songs of Nature:  God is at the anvil;  Deep wet moss;  Hang me among your winds.
 
I did a concert a few years ago called Voices of Nature.  Here;s some reo, though I don't recall much about the divisi. 
 
FLOWERS, RIVERS, TREES
Chères Fleurs  (from Chansons des Bois d’Amaranthe, 1901) . . . . . . Jules Massenet (1842-1912) - lovely piece
 
My Vistula, Grey Vistula, op. 46 (1987) . . . . . . . . . . . . Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (b. 1933) - no hard!
 
Les Fleurs et les Arbres, op. 68, 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) - very fast, lots of french
 
SPRING
Salut Printemps (1882) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - ssa.  doable, but with a big soprano solo in themiddle
 
An Elizabethan Spring (1985) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Chatman (b. 1950) - a very sweet, easy set.
        Spring, the Sweet Spring
        There is a Garden in Her Face
        The Urchins’ Dance
 
The youth choir on the program with us did:
Folk Songs of the Four Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  To the Ploughboy
  May Day Song
  Summer is A-coming In/The Cuckoo
 
SUMMER
Now Welcome Summer (1967) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Washburn (b. 1928)
 
AUTUMN
From Three Choral Ballads (1939) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)  - two fantastically wonderful pieces.
       September
       Garden of the Seraglio
 
DUSK
Nocturnes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hildor Lundvik (1885-1951)
         Flowering almond Tree
        Quiet Rain
Calme des Nuits, op. 68, no. 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Aftonen/Evening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)
Soft are the Soles (from Three Songs of Dusk) . . . . . . . . . . . . James Fritschel (b. 1929)
 
I have all the music and probably a CD if you can't find anything.  janower(a)albany.edu
 
Cheers!
David
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on August 11, 2012 4:08pm
I have also used the Lundvik pieces on David's program.  They're delightfully impressionistic little works. You might also consider the Songs of Nature by Dvorak.  They're very accessible and not all of them divide the sections.  Another source might be the English madrigal repertoire.  There are a number of them that use nature imagery or metaphors.
 
Nancy
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