Barbara Ulman

Contemporary Classical Music
 
 

Weeping Mountains

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Composer
Barbara Ulman
Lyricist
Rachel Oliver
Publisher
Barbara Ulman
Genre
Classical / Contemporary
Instrumentation
Piano, Mixed choir
Scored for
Accompanying piano, Choir
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
Movement(s)
0 to 0 from 1
Duration
3'50"
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2009

Description
For chorus and piano

Contemporary classical music for SATB chorus and piano. This would be a good piece for an Earth Day event -- or any other environmentally conscious event.
In the winter of 1997, torrential rainstorms flooded much of Yosemite Valley and surroundings. Poet Rachel Oliver had to stay home during those storms, because of a washed out bridge.
This piece describes the storm as Earth weeping because of poor treatment by humans.



WEEPING MOUNTAINS
by Rachel Oliver

Her heart beats through a white-hot core,
Charges creation’s pulse with life.
Her blood fills oceans, lakes, and clouds,
Carried by streams to her skin and bones.
Her hair is the green of prairies and trees,
Her skin the soil of mountain, sand of shore.
Her bones are stones, opals, and gold.

Her children are creatures who stalk and creep,
Sing, roar, feed, fight, mate, and sleep.
One of these children would dominate all,
Murder whatever he finds in his path.
Earth trembles in protest, but still he proceeds
To poison, multiply, ravage, spread.

In sorrow She weeps great tears of regret
For allowing this being to despoil
Majestic creation, beauty, life.
She blows hot winds to melt ice and break clouds,
Scours mountains, hillsides, streams;
Floods valleys, canyons, towns,
Pastures, levies, asphalt, barns.
The arrogant creature, once mighty and proud
Knows he’s puny and weak now
But
Just for a time.

Upload date: 10 Jul 2012
Sheet music file
10.00 USD
PDF, 1.04 Mb (10 p.)
 

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