Theodore Presser Company is pleased to announce a significant new work from composer Stacy Garrop: Terra Nostra, an oratorio.
74 minutes in length, 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. 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.
The text utilizes poetry by beloved writers including Edna St. Vincent Millay, Wendell Berry, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, and Walt Whitman.
The work was co-commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Society and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, and received its World Premiere November 2015 by the commissioners.
Sop., Mezzo-sop., Ten., and Bari. Soli; SATB Chorus, Children Chorus (or Treble Chorus);
1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Pno. Perc. Str.
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