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The Want of Peace



DURATION
5’30”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.), piano

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

POET
Wendell Berry

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
All goes back to the earth,
and so I do not desire
pride of excess or power,
but the contentments made
by men who have had little:
the fisherman's silence
receiving the river's grace,
the gardener's musing on rows.

I lack the peace of simple things.
I am never wholly in place.
I find no peace or grace.
We sell the world to buy fire,
our way lighted by burning men,
and that has bent my mind
and made me think of darkness
and wish for the dumb life of roots.

"The Want of Peace" by Wendell Berry. 
Text as published in 
New Collected Poems (Counterpoint Press, 2012).

PERUSAL SCORE
Orchestrated version: https://issuu.com/theodorepresser/docs/garrop_terra_nostra_issuu/154

SAMPLE PERUSAL PAGE OF PIANO VERSION
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