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Oratorio


Terra Nostra
4 soloists: soprano,
mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone
Adult choir
Children's choir

Orchestra: 1111, 1110,
piano, 1 percussion, strings
Brief audio excerpts are now on the web! Click here to visit the San Francisco Choral Society's website, then scroll down about halfway.
2014
Part I: 23'
Part II: 21'
Part III: 30'
Total: 74'

Commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Society and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

SYNOPSIS:
Terra Nostra focuses on the relationship between our planet and mankind, how this relationship has shifted over time, and how we can re-establish a harmonious balance. This concept is presented over the course of three parts. Part I: Creation of the World explores various creation myths from different cultures, culminating in a joyous celebration of the beauty of our planet. Part II: The Rise of Humanity examines the achievements of mankind, particularly since the dawn of our Industrial Age, and how these achievements have impacted the planet. Part III: Searching for Balance questions how we can create more awareness for our planet’s plight, re-establish a deeper connection to it, and find a balance for living within our planet’s resources.

STRUCTURE:
Part I:
Creation of the World
1. In the Beginning
King James Bible; creation myths from India, North America, and Egypt
2. God's World
Edna St. Vincent Millay
3. On thine own child
Percy Bysshe Shelley
4. Smile O voluptuous cool-breathed earth!
Walt Whitman
5. A Blade of Grass
Walt Whitman
Part III:
Searching for Balance

12. Darkness
Lord Byron
13. Earth Screaming
Esther Iverem
14. The World Is Too Much With Us
William Woodsworth
15. The Want of Peace
Wendell Berry
16. A Child said, What is the grass?
Walt Whitman
17. There was a child went forth every day
Walt Whitman
18. A Blade of Grass/I bequeath myself
Walt Whitman
Part II:
The Rise of Humanity

6. Locksley Hall
Lord Alfred Tennyson
7. Railways 1846
Charles Mackay
8. A Song of Speed
William Ernest Henley
9. High Flight
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
10. Binsey Poplars
Gerard Manley Hopkins
11. A Dirge
Percy Bysshe Shelley


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