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High Flight



DURATION
3’15”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.), piano

VIDEO
University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Alltop, conductor

POET
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

YEAR COMPOSED

2014

COMMISSIONER
San Francisco Choral Society in collaboration with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Terra Nostra

ORDERING SCORES
The piece is available from Theodore Presser Company.

TEXT
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

PERUSAL SCORE
Orchestrated version: https://issuu.com/theodorepresser/docs/garrop_terra_nostra_issuu/92

SAMPLE PERUSAL PAGE OF PIANO VERSION
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