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Satb anthem about the earth

Friends,
 
I am trying to complete programming on a concert we're calling "Earth, Sea and Sky."  There will be choral and orchestral pieces to represent each.  So far our selections chorally include:
 
Water Night by Eric Whitacre (sea)
 
Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen - complete (sky)
 
Now I am seeking an "earth" piece, perhaps rhythmic and folk-based, perhaps Native American in origin or inspiration.  SATB a cappella preferred.  Obviously our references to earth sea and sky are quite general and metaphoric in nature, so anything suggesting the subject matter while maintaining the integrity of a very high-quality concert would be ideal.
 
All suggestions welcome.
 
Sincerely,
 
G. Britt Cooper
Director, Canton Symphony Chorus
Canton, OH
Replies (29): Threaded | Chronological
on December 26, 2012 9:43am
Villages of the Earth by Janika Vandervelde, pub. by earthsongs.  This piece does have divisi in it within the SATB.  There are three separate movements.  The middle movement (Await) is the one I have done before to great success. 
 
on December 26, 2012 10:45am
Britt:  Your note to ChoralNet came at an especially opportune time.  My late wife, Susan Howell (who happens to have been from Ohio and lived in Kettering when I first met her) was an excellent composer, and won the National Federation of Music Clubs' First Place Award in composition at the age of 16 while a student at Fairmont West High School.  (She was studying piano and composition with Audley Wasson in Dayton, and went on to be a composition major at Indiana University.)

But much of her work was in childhood music education, teaching at Montessori schools, the Children's Choir and the Choristers' Youth Choir at our church, and Directing Young Audience programs and residencies in the public schools.  And much of her composition was devoted to that.

We just recently rediscovered a manuscript copy of one of her songs written for children, but written in conjunction with their science studies.  It's called "Clouds," set in a simple Verse-Refrain way, with original words describing Cirrus, Cumulus, and Stratus clouds, plus Fog ("a cloud that forgot to get off the ground"!).  And she wrote the verses so that the various "clouds" can be combined in layers, just as they are in the atmosphere!  I just finished transcribing her manuscript into Sibelius yesterday.  Our own four children loved this song and others that she wrote for the same purpose, including one on "The Planets" that we haven't rediscovered yet and can't remember in detail.

This probably wouldn't meet your criteria for "a very high quality concert," since it is clever but very simple, and certainly can't compete with Whitacre's or Lauridsen's work.  But it is both gently rhythmic and folk-like, rather than complex, and set for strummed accompaniment, and I'd be more than happy to put it into an SATB arrangement if you would be at all interested in looking at it.
 
Best wishes on your fascinating concert--a GREAT theme!
John
on December 27, 2012 1:40am
Fog - a cloud that forgot to get off the ground - !  Beautiful.
on December 26, 2012 8:18pm
Have you thought about "Earth Song" by Frank Ticheli or "The Ground" by Ola Gjeilo?
on December 27, 2012 3:51am
Britt,
 
I have written an arrangement of an anonymous chant The Earth Is Turning, published by Canasg Music.
 
I have also written an extended treatment of the same chant that builds from stately chant to swirling dance, for SATB and optional drums, and would be happy to send you a sample PDF.  The SSAA version has been used by Nancy Menk at St Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN.  This extended piece is called Earth Chant.
 
Sheena Phillips
 
 
on December 27, 2012 5:19am
How about "The Blue Green Hills of Earth" from Paul Winter's Missa Gaia.    Michael Jackson's Earth Song is also available SATB.  Neither is a cappella but both meet your earth theme.
on December 27, 2012 6:21am
You might consider "In Beauty May I Walk" by Jonathan Dove, based on a Navajo text. Not easy, but my choir loved it, and it talks about the beauty of the earth.

Ben

Applauded by an audience of 1
on December 27, 2012 6:56am
Hi Britt:
 
Give "Chief Seattle's Psalm," by Daniel Moe, a look. In a relatively challenging 20-th. century style. My chamber choir and I really enjoyed it. Text is nice mixture of Chief Seattle's final speech and those of King David. There are some recordings online if you google it.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on December 27, 2012 2:34pm
Just for the record, Chief Seattle did not write those words. Check it out on snopes http://www.snopes.com/quotes/seattle.asp  .  The words were written by a screen writer in 1971, and erroneously attributed to Chief Seattle.  They have been set to music  by Ron Jeffers, and is meaningful and effective  piece of music , no matter who wrote the words. 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on December 27, 2012 8:46am
Gwyneth Walker's I Will Be Earth?
 
DJ
on December 27, 2012 9:52am
My SATB cantata in 3 movements, Earthly Light, was premiered in a concert with Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and was also performed by UC Riverside Chamber Chorus in a concert about nature. The three movements are Nuclear Sun, Light Spectrum, and Photosynthesis (the Plants Sing to Us). It evokes how sun energy is transformed by the plants to give us life on earth, and includes photosynthesis equations. Audiences have been moved to tears, and it is also humorous at times. It is a lot bigger than an anthem, and is orchestrated for winds and organ or winds and strings. I was just musing about creating an a cappella version for my own chorus, and would be happy to talk with you about that. Please contact me for score and sound samples if you are interested.
 
best wishes,
Anna Dembska
on December 27, 2012 10:03am
At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners by Williametta Spencer. It is set to John Donne's Holy Sonnet 7 but the text is about the earth. Very cool piece. w/ divisi in all parts but pretty accessible.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on December 27, 2012 11:44am
I think Copland's "The Promise of Living" from The Tender Land would fit well in your concert. It could be the Earth piece, as it has many references to, and imagery of, the earth: tilling fields, harvesting grain, etc. It also incorporates folk tunes and rhythms.

However, it is accompanied, not a cappella. It also contains references to the sky and water (through rain/sunshine) and so ultimately might fit best as a combinatory piece, joining together the three themes of your concert, as well as joining your choir and orchestra .

Sounds lile a fun concert! Enjoy.

on December 27, 2012 2:40pm
"This we know"  is an excellent choice and my chorus performed it at a similar concert.  "This we know, the earth does not belong to us..." is set to music by Ron Jeffers, and is a nice work.  The words are often attributed to Chief Seattle, but were written in 1971 by a screenwriter for a film.  The  words sound like something a Native American might have said, which probablhy accounts for the erroneous attribution. 
on December 27, 2012 3:12pm
I have two items which may be of interest—unfortunately, neither are a cappella:
 
Hymn to Earth, on a text by one Jim Miller, for SATB div., fl, cl, hp & str “If the earth were a ball only a few feet in diameter, floating above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it...”
 
I have a recording posted on SoundCloud.com: <http://snd.sc/VE6b6W>
 
The other is Prayer for the Earth, based on a Chinook Prayer litany, for SATB (mostly 2-pt ST/AB linked), 2 fl, 2 cl, 2 hns or A saxes, hp or piano & vc, which has a congregational/audience refrain.
 
Please let me know privately if either of these would be of interest.
 
Robert A.M. Ross
Finalist, 2012 American Prize, Choral Composition
on December 27, 2012 3:13pm
I forgot to mention that both pieces, especially Prayer for the Earth, are customizable for whatever forces you may require.
 
RAMR
on December 28, 2012 9:24pm
The 2nd and 3rd movements of "A Timbered Choir" might fit your program. The texts, by Wendell Berry, are about environmental concerns:
SATB. #2 is liveley and rhythmic; #3 is slower.
 
"Lines of Reflection" SSAATB is filled with earth and sky imnages:
 
Good luck with your search.
 
-Tom
on December 29, 2012 6:23am
We did the wonderful Earthsong, Tichelli, and Earth Teach Me Stillness - which does have some cross-rhythms, but really is not that difficult.  Here is the Youtube clip (no voices, but synthesizer:
Here is the outline (for the chorus) I gave for my concert on Earthly Delights.
Choral Art Society
Spring 2010
 
Earthly Delights:  Songs of Land and Sea
 
Critters
 
Prayers from the Ark                                    
from the book by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold            translated by Rumer Godden 
Music by Ivor Davies
 
Noah’s Prayer, Gerri Smith, soprano
The Prayer of the Little Bird
The Prayer of the Cat
The Prayer of the Mouse
The Prayer of the Raven
The Prayer of the Dove
 
I Bought Me A Cat    
American children’s song         adapted by Aaron Copland     choral transcription by Irving Fine
 
The Sea
 
Seal Lullaby              Rudyard Kipling                              Eric Whitacre
 
Cape Cod Girls         Sea chantey                                      arranged by Emily Crocker
 
Songs of the Sea       Sea chanteys and sailor songs          arranged by Linda Spevacek
John Lengyel, Tenor
 
Earth Praise
 
i thank You God       ee cummings                                     Elliot Levine
 
Hymne                      Einar Skjæraasen from Song in September, 1965
                                 Traditional folk tune from Hodalen (Norway)  arranged by Tone Hulbaekmo
 
In Time of Silver Rain   Langston Hughes                         Victor C. Johnson
 
Earthsong                                                                             Frank Ticheli
 
Treasures                                                                              Mark Patterson
 
Sunrise at Yellowstone   from American Landscapes         Audrey Snyder
 
Earth Teach Me Stillness                Ute prayer                     Wally Kleucker
 
from Earth Mass (Missa Gaia)
The Blue-Green Hills of Earth         Kim Oler                      arranged by Paul Halley
Canticle of Brother Sun      
St. Francis of Assisi and Folliott Sanford Pierpont, adapted by Paul Winter
Jim Scott and Paul Winter
 
 
 
 
Texts and Translations
Prayers from the Ark
 
Noah's Prayer
 
Lord,
What a menagerie!
Between Your downpour and these animal cries
one cannot hear oneself think!
The days are long,
Lord.
All this water makes my heart sink.
When will the ground cease to rock under my feet?
The days are long.
Master Raven has not come back.
Here is your dove.
Will she find us a twig of hope?
The days are long,
Lord.
Guide your Ark to safety,
some zenith of rest,
where we can escape at last
from this brute slavery.
The days are long,
Lord.
Lead me until I reach the shore of Your covenant.
Amen.

The Prayer of the Little Bird

Dear God,
I don't know how to pray by myself
very well,
But will You please
protect my little nest from wind and rain?
Put a great deal of dew on the flowers, many
seeds in my way.
Make Your blue very high,
Your branches lissome;
let Your kind light stay late in the sky
and set my heart brimming
with such music that I must sing, sing, sing. . .
Please Lord.
Amen.


The Prayer of the Cat

Lord,
I am the cat.
It is not exactly that I have something to ask of You!
No--
I ask nothing of anyone--
but,
if You have by some chance in some celestial barn,
a little white mouse,
or a saucer of milk,
I know someone who would relish them.
Wouldn't you like someday
to put a curse on the whole race of dogs?
If so I should say,
Amen.

The Prayer of the Mouse

I am so little and grey,
dear God,
how can you keep me in mind?
Always spied upon,
always chased.
Nobody ever gives me anything,
and I nibble meagerly at life.
Why do they reproach me with being a mouse?
Who made me but You?
I can only ask to stay hidden.
Give me my hunger's pittance
safe from the claws of that devil with green eyes.
Amen.

 
 
The Prayer of the Raven

I believe,
Lord,
I believe!
It is faith that saves us, You have said it!
I believe the world was made for me,
because as it dies --
I thrive on it.
My undertaker's black
is in keeping with my cynical old heart.
Raven land is between You and that life down there,
for whose end I wait to gratify myself.
"Aha!" I cry. "Avant moi le deluge!”
What a feast!
I shall never go back to the Ark!
Oh let it die in me, this horrible nostalgia.
Amen.
 
The Prayer of the Dove
The Ark waits,
Lord,
the Ark waits on Your will,
and the sign of Your peace.
I am the dove,
simple
as the sweetness that comes from You.
The Ark waits,
Lord;
it has endured.
Let me carry it
a sprig of hope and joy,
and put, at the heart of its forsakenness,
this, in which Your love clothes me,
Grace immaculate.
Amen.
 
I Bought Me a Cat
I bought me a cat, my cat pleased me,
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
My cat says fiddle eye fee.
 
I bought me a duck, my duck pleased me,
I fed my duck under yonder tree.
My duck says, "Quaa, quaa",
My cat says fiddle eye fee.
 
I bought me a goose, my goose pleased me,
I fed my goose under yonder tree.
My goose says, "Quaw, quaw",
My duck says. . .
 
I bought me a hen, my hen pleased me.
I fed my hen under yonder tree.
My hen says, Shimmy shack, shimmy shack",
My goose says. . .
 
I bought me a pig, my pig pleased me.
I fed my pig under yonder tree.
My pig says, "Griffey, griffey".
My hen says. . .
 
I bought me a cow, my cow pleased me.
I fed my cow under yonder tree.
My cow says "Moo, moo",
my pig says . . .
 
I bought me a horse, my horse pleased me.
I fed my horse under yonder tree.
My horse says, "Neigh, neigh",
My cow says. . .
 
I bought me a wife, my wife pleased me.
I fed my wife under yonder tree.
My wife says, "Honey, honey",
My horse says "Neigh, neigh". . .
 
Seal Lullaby
 
Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, O'er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, there soft by the pillow.
Oh, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, no shark shall overtake thee
Asleep in the storm of slow-swinging seas.
 
Cape Cod Girls
 
Cape Cod girls they have no combs
Heave away, heave away
They comb their hair with codfish bones
And we're bound away for Australia
So heave away, my bully, bully boys
Heave away heave away
Heave away and don't you make a noise
And we're for Australia
 
Way hey . . .
 
Cape Cod boys they have no sleds
They slide down the hills on codfish heads
Cape Cod cats they have no tails
They lost them all in Cape Cod gales
 
Songs of the Sea
Sailor’s Hornpipe
Oh a happy life for a sailor has he
Oh what a merry life out acorss the sea
He’s a rarem, tearem fisherman that sailed the seven seas
Away I crock on board a smack to plow the stormy sea
The Sailor’s Alphabet
A is the anchor that holds a bold ship
B is the bowsprit that often goes dip
C is for the capstan we all run around
D is for the davits to the lower the boats down
So merrily, so merrily, so merrily sail we
There’s no mortal on earth like a sailor at sea
Blow high and blow low
As the ship rolls alongf
Give a sailor a tune and there’s nothing goes wrong.
Spanish Ladies
Farewell and adiue to you Spanish ladies,
Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain
For we received orders to sail from New England
And we hope in a short time to see you again
We’ll rant and we’ll roar like two Yankee whalemen
We’ll rant and we’ll roar on deck and below
Until we sight Gayhead off old Martha’s Vineyard
And straight up the channel to New Bedford we’ll go.
I went to a dance one night in Tombaz
There were plenty pof girls there as fine as you wish
There was one pretty maiden a chewin’ tobacco
Just like a young kittne a chewin’ fresh fish.
We’ll rant and we’ll roar like two Yankee whalemen
We’ll rant and we’ll roar on deck and below
Until we sight Gayhead off old Martha’s Vineyard
And straight up the channel to New Bedford we’ll go.
The Water is Wide
The water is wide, I cannot get o’er
And neither have I the wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I
A ship there is and she sails the sea,
She’s loaded deep as deep can be
But no so deep as the love I’m in
I know not if I sink or swim.
Santy Anna
Oh Santy Anna gained the day
Hooray, Santy Anna
All on the plains of Mexico
Where I must go.
 
The Drummer and the Cook
O there was a little drummer
And he loved a one eyed cook
And he loved her, oh he loved her,
Though she had a cock-eyed look,
With her one eye in the pot and the
Other up the chiumney,’
With a bow wow wow
Fal lal the dow a diddy bow wow wow
When this copuple went a courtin’\
For to walk alongv the shore
Says the drummer to the cookie
“you’re the girl that I adore -
Ain’t the weather fine today?”
Says the cookie to the drummer,
“Is that all you got to say?”
Says the drummer to the cookie,
Will I buy the wedding ring?
Says the cookie,
Now you’re talkin’ – that would bee the very thing.
Says the drummer to the cookie,
“Name the wdding day.”
Says the cookie,
“We’ll be married in the merry month of May.”
When they went to church to say I will
The drummer got a nark,
For her one eye gliffed the parson,
And the other killed the clerk,
With her one eye in the pot . . .
 
 i thank You God  
                                                                                                             
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything which is natural
which is infinite which is yes
 
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday, this is the birthday of life and love and wings:
and of the gay great happening illimitably earth)      
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
 
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened) 
 
Hymne  - Himlen blåner for vårt øye
Himlen blåner for vårt øye, jorden grønnes for vår fot.
Bekken risler for vår tørste, korn og blomst og tre slår rot.
Fuglen spiler sine vinger, barnet pludrer med sin mor.
Lovet være han som skapte drømmen og det første ord.

Vinden har sin sti å vandre, bølgen har sin vei å gå.
Vår og sommer, høst og vinter skifter i det minste strå.
Gledens tid og sorgens time har sin bolig i hvert sinn.
Lovet være han som åpnet første le og siste grind.

Lyset stiger, lyset faller over alle dunkle fjell.
Morgensol og aftenstjerne viser dag og varsler kveld.
Hjertet har sin lengsels høyde, hånden har sin gjernings fred.
Lovet være han som er og ånder over tid og sted.
The sky turns blue for our eyes; the earth becomes green for our feet.
The stream bubbles for our thirst, grain and flower and tree take root.
The birds take wing, the child chatters with its mother.
Praise be he who created the dream and the first word.

The wind has a path to walk, the wave has a way to go.
Spring and summer, autumn and winter, are changing in the smallest straw.
Joful time and sorrowful hour live in every mind.
Praise be he who opened the first shelter and last gate.

The light rises, the light falls over all dark mountains.
Morning sun and evening star shows day and warns of evening.
The heart has its yearning height, the hand has its action peace.
Praise be he who is and breathes over time and place.
 
Earth Teach Me Stillness   
                           
Earth, teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth, teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth, teach me regeneration as the seed rises in the spring.
 
 
In Time of Silver Rain
In time of silver rain
The earth puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads

  Of Life,
  Of Life,
  Of Life!

In time of silver rain
The butterflies lift silken wings
To catch a rainbow cry,
And trees put forth new leaves to sing
In joy beneath the sky
As down the roadway
Passing boys and girls
Go singing, too,

  In time of silver rain when spring
  And life
  Are new.
 
 
Earth Song
Sing, Be, Live, See
This dark stormy hour,
the wind, it stirs.
The scorched Earth cries out in vain.

Oh war and power, you blind and blur. The torn heart cries out in pain.

But music and singing have been my refuge,
and music and singing shall be my light.

A light of song, shining strong.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah.

Through darkness and pain and strife,
I'll sing, I'll be, live, see.

Peace.
 
Treasures
The cool, clear water of a gentle mountain stream;
A sun-kissed meadow draped in gold;
An eagle that soars across the deep blue sky;
These are treasures to behold.
These are the treasures we all have been given.
May we never spend them in vain.
Our greatest gift to the ones who come tomorrow;
May they behold the treasures we have seen today.
A forest that echoes with a hundred different songs,
Tiny creatures touched by shafts of light;
Hidden caves below us and the hills that rise above;
Mighty oceans filled with life.
These are the treasures we all have been given.
May we never spend them in vain.
Our greatest gift to the ones who come tomorrow;
May they behold the treasures we have seen today.
These ancient wonders were formed so long ago,
Their beauty greater still than gold.
And yet how fragile such wondrous things can be.
Will we treasure the gifts we hold?
These are the treasures we all have been given.
May we never spend them in vain.
Our greatest gift to the ones who come tomorrow;
May they behold the treasures we have seen today.
 
Sunrise at Yellowstone
High among the majestic mountains,
The rising sun reveals vast wilderness:
The ancient land of the Shoshone people,
Mystical, magical, Yellowstone.
Bighorn sheep and the mighty grizzly
freely roam the cliffs and meadowlands
'mid hills and valleys of unrivaled grandeur,
Mystical, magical Yellowstone.
Water trickles underneath the silent shroud of snow,
Streamlets bubble, tumble and grow into turbulent rivers that roar,
that roar in the canyons below.
Yet Yellowstone lies on molten rock,
A window into the earth,
where deep, elemental forces and primal processes are at work.
Thermal pools and hot springs release misty plumes of steam,
Mud pots bubble, sputter and spew
and powerful geysers explode into view.
High among the majestic mountains,
The rising sun reveals vast wilderness.
Now set aside for all of the people, mystical, magical, Yellowstone.
 
The Blue-Green Hills of Earth
 
For the earth forever turning, for the skies for ev’ry sea.
For all life, for all of Nature, sing we our joyful praise to Thee.
For the sun, for rain and thunder; for the land that makes us free;
For the stars, for all the heavens, sing we our joyful praise to Thee.
For the earth forever turning, for the skies of ev’ry sea.
To our Lord we sing returning to our blue-green hills of earth.
 
Canticle of Brother Sun:  “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”
All praise be yours through Brother Sun,
All praise be yours through Sister Moon,
By Mother Earth my Lord be praised,
By Brother Mountain, Sister Sea
Through Brother Wind and Brother Air
Through Sister Water, Brother Fire;
The stars give thanks to thee; all praise to those who live in peace.
All praise be yours through Brother Wolf,
All praise be yours through Sister Whale,
By Nature’s Song my Lord be praised,
By Brother Eagle, Sister Loon
Through Brother Tiger, Sister Seal, through Sister Flower, Brother Tree
Let Creatures all give thanks to thee, all praise to those who live in peace
Ask of the beasts and they shall teach you the beauty of the earth.
Ask of the trees and they shall teach you the beauty of the earth.
Ask of the winds and they shall teach you the beauty of the earth.
Ask of the flowers and they shall teach you the beauty of the earth.
For the beauty of the earth,
Sing oh sing today
Of the sky and of our birth,
Sing oh sing always
Nature human and divine all around us lies,
Source of all to thee we raise grateful hymns of praise, Brother Sun.
 
Program Notes
 
This poem is at the poet’s grave in Forest  Hills Cemetery, underneath “the leaping greenly spirits of trees.”
 
“Earth Teach Me Stillness” is set to a prayer by the Ute Indians of North America.  This prayer humbly asks the Earth to instruct us in living our lives with wisdom. In observing the Earth, we acknowledge our human interconnectedness with nature and its seasons.  "…
 
Hughes wrote this poem in dedication to Lorraine Hansberry when she told him she had cancer. He was heavily influenced by her works and was also inspired to write; "Dream Deferred" which has the line "a raisin in the sun" after her classic play.
 
 
 
 
on December 29, 2012 7:54am
G. Britt,
 
Song Of The Skyloom by James Fritschel would be a perfect fit.  I'd have to grab an octavo from my library, but I think it is a native American text that is definately centered on respecting the beauty of the earth.
 
James Fritschel is a retired choral director from a Lutheran College, possibly in California.  If you are interested, I could send more information and possibly locate octavos.  
 
Regards and Happy New Year!
 
Michael Seredick
mjs123(a)sbcglobal.net
member - Cleveland Orchetra Chorus
 
 
 
on December 30, 2012 5:01am
Hello Britt
 
Ward Swingle wrote an 'Anthem for the 21st Century' for the Vasari Singers called 'Give us this day'.
It's SATB a cappella and available from Boosey & Hawkes. It's about our Earth with a text from Tony Vincent Isaacs. 
 
The refrain is;
 
Give us this day that we may see the beauty before our eyes.
Give us this day that we may cherish the earth before it dies.
 
Quite simple, and stunning, as can be seen and heard here;
 
 
All the best
 
Alec Barnfield 
 
on December 30, 2012 10:28am
Britt, what a lovely theme.  Great idea.
My choir absolutely loves singing John Rutter's, For the Beauty of the Earth.  Traditional words and a beautiful SATB arrangement.  Rutter makes the choir work but really understands voice and it is ultimately that which the choir enjoys. 
 
You certainly have many choices here.  Have a fabulous concert.
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on December 30, 2012 12:43pm
Old-fashioned, but gorgeous: Waldemar Ahlen's "The Earth Adorned."
 
 
Mark Mecham
on December 31, 2013 10:44am
You may wish to consider:
  • The Tree - SATB setting of the poem by 19th Century American transcendental poet Jones Very
  • Song of the Mountains - SATB setting of text by American naturalist John Muir
  • Stoke Fleming - SATB meditation on the rocks and waves at a beach on the English Channel
Full texts, downloadable perusal pdfs and recordings may be found on my website:  www.gregbartholomew.com
on January 1, 2013 8:51am
I didn't see these on the list yet:

"O Earth, O Earth Return" by Bill Douglas (recorded by Ars Nova). Stunning piece. Also a useful selection for Winter Solstice.

And if you want something lighter, I have a fun arrangement of Carole King's "I Feel The Earth Move."

- Kathleen

on January 1, 2013 1:28pm
There is a great set of pieces by Stephen Chatman from Vancouver...they're fun, slightly difficult, but very audience friendly. When I programmed them a few years back, both choir and audience ate them up!
 
*Due North (1986) 8 min.
(Text: Stephen Chatman)
SATB chorus.
1. Mountains
2. Trees
3. Woodpecker
4. Varied Thrushes
5. Mosquitoes
Commissioned by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors for the National Youth Choir.
Premiere: Vancouver, May 3, 1986, Chorfest Canada, National Youth Choir, Jon Washburn, director.
Published (each separately): Boston: Highgate Press, ECS Publishing, 1991.
 
Here's a link to two of those pieces
 
-Craig Scott Symons
on January 1, 2013 9:33pm
I wrote two pieces that might be interesting for you:
 
THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS: lyrics by Sara Teasdale, SSAATTBB, published by Alliance Music Pub. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW1QgSsur6Q
 
LIFE IS A CIRCLE : text by Black Elk (Oglala Sioux), SSAATTBB, Published by De Haske  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzdwLky4DsI
 
All the best for 2013,
 
music composer
 
 
on January 2, 2013 6:20am
Dear Britt,
 
I love "Kasar Mie La Gaji" by Alberto Grau, available on earthsongs. The text translates as "the earth is tired". It is acapella SATB I believe with some divisi; challenging and beautiful with some very dramatic effects.
 
Best wishes,
Suzie Cartreine
on January 2, 2013 8:56am
I highly recommend Rupert Lang's "Earth Teach Me".  It is a powerful, moving anthem, which your choristers will love, and your audiences will respond to.  I believe it is now published by Boosey & Hawkes, but if not, contact Rupert at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver.
 
Ray Horst
on January 10, 2013 11:51pm
I have to add my voice to those who recommended Ticheli's Earth Song.  It is so beautiful and moving to direct.  The choir I direct performed it 2 years ago and we all still consider it one of our favorites.  Good luck :)
 
Anthony Toohey
Director, Timshel Community Chorus of the Salinas Valley
King City, CA
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