Earthsongs

Soli and SSA/SSAA or SATB chorus with
2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, percussion (one player), harp, strings or piano

A celebration of some of E. E. Cummings’ most vivid nature poetry. Commissioned by the Smith College Glee Club, Theodore Morrison, director.

American Music CD cover Earthsongs is available on American Journey, a CD collection of Unusual choral works in exciting performances. Performed by New Amsterdam Singers, Elizabeth Rodgers, piano, Clara Longstreth, conductor. On Albany Records, Troy108.

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Movements:

  1. O sweet spontaneous earth
  2. in Just-spring
  3. as is the sea marvelous
  4. All in green went my love riding
  5. when god lets my body be
  6. i thank You God


Reviews:

Composed in 1974, the “Earthsongs” are settings of poems by Sappho (“Alone”), Adelaid Crapsey (“Triad”), and Tzu Yeh (“I am the North Pole”). Together their total duration is about twelve minutes. Though difficult and highly dissonant, the choral parts are not be yond the capacity of a well trained college ensemble; indeed the work is a worthy addition to the twentieth-century repertoire for women’s voices…. College-age singers can and probably should strengthen their musicianship on contemporary compositions such as this.

Music Library Association, NOTES 3/80

Ronald Perera, born in 1941, excels in choral music, and Clara Longstreth is doing a great service in bringing his work to the public. On the present disc we hear his Earthsongs (1983) on texts by e.e. cummings. These are sublime pieces, and immediately advance to the front rank of cummings’settings. “In Just-spring” and “as is the sea marvelous” are particularly fine, but in fact I like all six pieces.

Fanfare Magazine, Winter 1994 (review of Albany CD, Troy 108)

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SSA/SSAA Version Audio Excerpts:

No. 1 O sweet spontaneous earth

No. 2 In Just-spring

No. 3 As is the sea marvelous

No. 4 All in green went my love riding

No. 5 When God lets my body be

No. 6 I thank You God

SATB Version Audio Excerpts:

No. 1 O sweet spontaneous earth

No. 2 In Just-spring

No. 3 As is the sea marvelous

No. 4 All in green went my love riding

No. 5 When God lets my body be

No. 6 I thank You God

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