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  • Terra Nostra • 74’
    4 soloists: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone
    Adult choir
    Children's choir

    Orchestra: 1111, 1110, piano, 1 percussion, strings

    Brief audio excerpts are online. Click here to visit the San Francisco Choral Society's website, then scroll down.

    Theodore Presser Company
    This is a forthcoming item, to be available in Fall 2018.

    For a printed copy, please contact Presser's rental department at

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

    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.


    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