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SPECKS OF EARTH 

 

Specks of Earth is a collection of choral miniatures that uses poetry from Tagore’s poem “Stray Birds”, a collection of 326 short poems.  These works capture Tagore’s observations and fascination with the simplicity of nature and life.  Vivid language elicits a burst of imagery that is translated into a tapestry of sounds.  The eighth movement “Fields” utilizes none of Tagore’s text, but instead features the piano in an expansive soundscape, while “Love” combines two of the poems to create a final declamation of love as the greatest of the observations in the world. 

 

SPECKS OF EARTH

I. Stray Birds (a cappella)

II. The Desert (a cappella)

III. O Sea, O Sky (SATB/piano)

IV. Leaves (SATB/flute/piano)

V. O Moon (SATB/piano)

VI. The Stars (a cappella)

VII. Shadow (a cappella)

VIII. Fields (SATB/piano)

IX. Love (SATB/piano)

 

 

Voicing: SATB, piano, and flute

 

Status: Published by ECS Publishing (Galaxy Music Corp.)

 

Premiered by Concert Chorale (Oklahoma State University)