A child said, What is the grass?
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Alltop, conductor
Soloists: Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Voice with piano
THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Society and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
as part of Terra Nostra (oratorio).
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A child said, What is the grass? Fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is, any more than he.
I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.
Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord.
A scented gift and remembrance, designedly dropt,
Bearing the owner’s name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say, Whose?
Or I guess the grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation.
Orchestrated version: https://issuu.com/theodorepresser/docs/garrop_terra_nostra_issuu/100