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Earth Grown Old for SATB choir and piano

This piece was commissioned in 2004 by the Irvine United Congregational Church Chancel Choir, Irvine, California for their annual December Advent concert.  Led by Rob Istad, music director, the group wanted  a piece with text that dealt with Mother Earth and nature.  Rosetti’s poem Advent was the perfect selection for this commission in that it not only speaks of the season for which the piece was commissioned, but also about Earth.

This work is published by Boosey and Hawkes on their Choral Music Experience: Conductor’s Choice series.

Description

Earth Grown Old – SATB choir and piano (sheet music)

Earth grown old, yet still so green,
Deep beneath her crust of cold
Nurses fire unfelt, unseen:
Earth grown old.

We who live are quickly told:
Millions more lie hid between
Innter swathings of her fold.

When will fire break up her screen?
When will life burst thro’ her mould?
Earth, earth, earth, thy cold is keen,
Earth grown old
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