Terra Nostra, An Oratorio by Stacy Garrop

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.

Part I: Creation of the World
1. In the Beginning
2. God’s World
3. On thine own child
4. Smile O voluptuous cool-breathed earth!
5. A Blade of Grass
Part II: The Rise of Humanity
6. Locksley Hall
7. Railways 1846
8. A Song of Speed
9. High Flight
10. Binsey Poplars
11. A Dirge
Part III: Searching for Balance
12. Darkness
13. Earth Screaming
14. The World Is Too Much With Us
15. The Want of Peace
16. A Child said, What is the grass?
17. There was a child went forth every day
18. A Blade of Grass/I bequeath myself
View Perusal Score

Duration: 74′
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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Work available for rent after November 1, 2016