Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Alltop, conductor
Soloists: Sarah Gartshore, soprano, Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano
Soprano and mezzo-soprano with piano
THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Society and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
as part of Terra Nostra (oratorio).
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My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
Of a fresh and folded rank
Not spared, not one
That swam or sank
On meadow and river and wind-wandering bank.
O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew-
Hack and rack the growing green!
Even where we mean
To mend her we end her,
When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
Strokes of havoc unselve
The sweet especial scene,
Rural scene, a rural scene,
Sweet especial rural scene.
Orchestrated version: https://issuu.com/theodorepresser/docs/garrop_terra_nostra_issuu/100