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Railways 1846



DURATION
2’

INSTRUMENTATION
men’s chorus (div.), piano

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

POET
Charles Mackay

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
Blessings on Science, and her handmaid Steam!
They make Utopia only half a dream;
And show the fervent, of capacious souls,
Who watch the ball of Progress as it rolls,
That all as yet completed, or begun,
Is but the dawning that precedes the sun.

Lay down your rails, ye nations, near and far —
Yoke your full trains to Steam's triumphal car;
Link town to town; unite in iron bands
The long-estranged and oft-embattled lands.
Peace, mild-eyed seraph — Knowledge, light divine,
Shall send their messengers by every line.

PERUSAL SCORE
Orchestrated version: https://issuu.com/theodorepresser/docs/garrop_terra_nostra_issuu/72

SAMPLE PERUSAL PAGE OF PIANO VERSION
Stacks Image 1907