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Terra Nostra Oratorio | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

Terra Nostra: An Oratorio

4 soloists: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone
Adult choir
Children's choir
(or sopranos and altos from the adult choir)
A choice between two orchestrations:

1. Orchestra: 1 flute/piccolo, 1 oboe, 1 B-flat clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 tenor trombone, timpani, 1 percussionist, harp, piano, strings (8,7,6,5,4 suggested)
2. Chamber ensemble for 5 musicians: 2 pianists on 1 piano (four hands), timpani, 1 percussionist, and harp. Please email the composer if you are interested in programming this version.

The duration is approximately 70 minutes.

To read online, click here.

VIDEO: Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra performance
Click the durations below to jump to each corresponding movement in a new window:

Part I: Creation of the World (22’30”)
1. In the Beginning (0:00)
2. God's World (
8:18) *Info*
3. On thine own child (
12:10) *Info*
4. Smile O voluptuous cool-breathed earth! (
14:53) *Info*
5. A Blade of Grass (
19:25) *Info*
Texts by:
1. Creation myths/Bible
2. Edna St. Vincent Millay
3. Percy Bysshe Shelley 
4. Walt Whitman
5. Walt Whitman

Part II: The Rise of Humanity (20’)
6. Locksley Hall (0:00)
7. Railways 1846 (
3:51) *Info*
8. A Song of Speed (
9. High Flight (
7:48) *Info*
10. Binsey Poplars (
11. A Dirge (
Texts by:
6. Lord Alfred Tennyson
7. Charles Mackay
8. William Ernest Henley
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
11. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Part III: Searching for Balance (28’30”)
12. Darkness (0:00)
13. Earth Screaming (
14. The World Is Too Much With Us (
15. The Want of Peace (
10:54) *Info*
16. A Child said, What is the grass? (
17. There was a child went forth every day (
18:46) *Info*
18. A Blade of Grass/I bequeath myself (
Texts by:
12. Lord Byron
13. Esther Iverem
14. William Wordsworth
15. Wendell Berry
16. Walt Whitman
17. Walt Whitman
18. Walt Whitman

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Alltop, conductor
University of Illinois Oratorio Society; Andrew Megill, conductor
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus; Andrea Solya, conductor
Soloists: Sarah Gartshore, soprano, Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano, Stephen Soph, tenor, David Govertson, baritone
Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
March 9, 2019

YOUTUBE AUDIO: Northwestern University performance
Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Soloists
Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Alltop, conductor
Evanston Children's Chorus, Gary Geiger Director
Stacy Garrop, composer
Alice Millar Chapel, Evanston, IL
February 9, 2020

Theodore Presser Company
Full score (large and score study) •
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Piano Vocal score • 411-41147 • $85.99 • click to orderSpecial pricing available for rental performances; contact Presser at
Children’s Chorus score • 412-41093 • $7.00 • click to order
Orchestra parts rental • click to order or email

Chamber Ensemble:
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Works with an *Info* link above have been arranged for piano, for individual performance. Click the link to be routed to a page for more information.

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.