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Nature: Environmental (Earth Day)

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 23:29:12 -0700
From: mdolan(a) (Marian Dolan)
Subject: Environmental music...

Another composer contact to add to this environmental thread:

Steve Heitzig
1530 So. Sixth St. C-405
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Not only are many of his works' text environmentally themed, some of his
works also employ simple use of natural objects/elements. He's worked with
many levels of choirs (middle thru professional), done very creative
in both schools and colleges, is strongly connected to WWF, and writes well
for the voice!

Dr. Marian E. Dolan address: Haverford College
Director of Choral/Vocal Studies 370 Lancaster Ave.
Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges (PA) Haverford, PA 19041

Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 11:00:12 EDT
From: Islevine(a)
Subject: Earth Day rep. compilation


Thank you for your prompt and interesting replies. A compilation of your
suggestions follows. Publisher information has been indicated when it was
given to me.

Again thank you very much.

Iris Levine

Earth Day repertoire

Libby Larsen - Missa Gaia, publ. by E C Schirmer. Score for sale, vocal and
instrumental parts for rent.

Rutter - All Things Bright and Beautiful
For the Beauty of the Earth

arr. Bradfield - Ancient Mother, publ. by Moon of Hope Publishing

Ross Lee Finney - Spherical Madrigals

R. Murray Schafer - Sun

Nina Gilbert - "Wade in the Water" for TTBB+tuba, publ. Santa Barbara Music

Haydn - Creation

Ken Langer - Mother Earth, SATB acap., (self-publ)

Victoria Ebel-Sabo - Winter Wind , SA, Boosey & Hawkes, OCTB6746,

Alice Parker - Whole Earth Songs (Song cycle all about "recycling"), , Jenson
pub., 2 part with varied styles, song # 1(Recycle), song # 2 (The Nothing
Song)song # 3 (Sharing song) & has 10 verses(w/chorus) for solos, # 4
(Garbage Rag) 43509080

Dana Wilson - Gaia (self-published)

Dave Brubeck, - Earth is our Mother

Jerry Estes - "Three Songs of Nature" SAB, part # 11335 published by Alfred
Publishing Co.

Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse - For The Children, SATB, Alfred, #16286

Paul Winter - Missa Gaia

Jackson Berkey - Native American Ambiances

Daniel Moe: Chief Seattle's Psalm (SATB, trpt or cl, kbd; Carl Fischer)

Gregg Smith: Earth Requiem--SATB div., treble choir (1-3 pt div), SATB soli,
orchestra (contact Gregg Smith directly)

Robert Ross: Hymn to Earth (SATB, flute, clarinet, harp or piano; strings or
organ [min. str. 1-1-1-1-1]); available from Robert Ross at
In 20th century English Pastoral style.

Robert Ross: The Rape of the Land (SATB, org) an "alarmist" piece on a hymn
text of Fred Kaan. Available from Robert Ross.

Larry McFatter - Hymn of the Earth

Ron Jeffers - This We Know - text by Chief Seattle, publisher: earthsongs.

Grau's "Kasar Mie la gaji" -- the earth is tired; publ. by earthsongs

Carl Orff - St. Francis of Assisi "Laudes Creaturum" (Schott)

Martin Shaw's cobbled-together anglican chant version of the same, in
Matthew Arnold's translation (found in "Songs of Praise" from OUP -
there it is printed for unison and organ, but may be readily adapted to
a-capella performance)

Have you considered doing some of the rounds and other pieces published
by Libana? Also, check out the publication of shape-note style stuff from
Village Harmony.

Check out Ron Kean's Choral Journal article: "Global Celebration of Life"

Thanks to:
Lyn Schramm, Bart Bradfield, Kevin Sutton, Nina Gilbert, Ken Langer, Sandy
Toms, Craig Hawkins, Bob Dingley, Anissa Bacon, Howard Burkett, Larry
McFatter, Diane Loomer, Linda Surlak, Ron Kean, Rebecca R. Winnie
on January 16, 2004 10:00pm
Also see

Pete Seeger (arr. Paul Halley) To my Old Brown Earth -- hauntingly beautiful song in skillful arrangement for a cappella mixed chorus.
on July 12, 2005 10:00pm
I am the conductor of the Chatham Chorale, based on Cape Cod. In 1991 we commisioned a wonderful piece from Ronald Perera called "The Outermost House",based on Henry Beston's book about his year on a barrier beach on the Cape. The whole piece was written for SATB chorus, soprano soloist,narrator and an ensemble of 10 players ( 2 horns, 2 cellos, 1 bass, 1 flute, 2 oboes, piano and 1 percussion. It is a marvellous and colorful piece, and I recommend it to any good amateur of professional choir. There are many movements suitable for a concert with an environmental theme--in particular the last movement, entitled "Hold Out Your Hands Over the Earth", which is published separately as an octavo, stands well on its own.
on August 24, 2005 10:00pm
Two pieces by Greg Bartholomew (

The Tree, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2003 (Duration: 3 min.)
A setting of the poem by American transcendental poet Jones Very (1813 - 1880) composed at the 2003 Oxford Summer Institutes at Lehigh, where it received a reading by The Princeton Singers directed by Steven Sametz.

Song of the Mountains, for mixed SSAATB choir with piano accompaniment, 2004 (Duration: 6 min.)
A setting of the text adapted from prose by American naturalist John Muir (1838 - 1914) commissioned for the Combined Choirs of St. Joseph
on August 26, 2006 10:00pm
on April 8, 2010 11:58am
Consider Brahms' "Dem dunkeln Schoss der heilgen Erde" ("To the Dark Womb of the Sacred Earth") - op. 19
Text by Schiller: "To the dark wom of the sacred earth the sower entrusts the seeds, hoping that they will sprout forth into a blessing in accordance with heaven's counsel. Grieving, we shelter even more precious seed in the earth's womb and trust it shall blossom from the coffins to find a better fate." (translation Jeffers)