Earthsong is a secular cantata that celebrates Earth – or ‘Gaia’ in the terminology of scientist James Lovelock. It describes nature in joyful, almost childlike terms. It is not a grim or overly didactic piece. Rather, it is full of lyrical, very singable melodies set against sometimes dramatic, sometimes atmospheric orchestral writing. Here is a copy of the text.
Earthsong is a 15 minute work for SATB choir, SA children’s choir and standard symphony orchestra. It was commissioned by the Glema Mahr Center of Madisonville, KY and in 2005 was given a most affecting and successful premiere by combined community and school choirs with the Murray State University Orchestra under Dennis Johnson.
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Adjunct Professor of Composition:
University of Central Florida
San Francisco Choral Artists
The words are by the composer: Praise God, the Father, our Creator!/Bless all of us, He is our maker!/?Bless paw and hoof, burrow and roost;/Bless equine, bovine, canine, feline, Osprey, egret, woodpecker, ?Little Blue;/Bless Spot and Puff and Grandma, too. //Praise God, the Father, our Creator!/?Bless all things, even alligator!
— USE: St. Francis’ Day services, concerts (as Introit, etc.)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: easy – for church, high school, ?college, community, professional choruses
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