An anthem of Earth (Peter Bird)

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  • (Posted 2006-11-02)  CPDL #12986:      (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Peter Bird (submitted 2006-11-02).   Score information: Letter, 26 pages, 428 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Text page and organ part follow the score within the single .pdf file. Page turns should follow odd-numbered pages.

General Information

Title: An anthem of Earth
Composer: Peter Bird

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATBB
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2006
Description: An episodic piece in Romantic style: In the 1st section, 4 environments of Earth are presented with different themes. In 2nd section, the progress of civilization is represented by a chorale, but in the 3rd this collides and merges with the theme for encroaching desert. The 4th section presents a more positive outlook with reprise of the forest theme. There is a multicultural coda.

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Original text and translations

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Blue, and brown, and green, and white:
Dunia, Dhara, Gaea, Terra, Earth.

Blue of the ocean.

Brown of the desert, and brown of the prairie.

Green of the tangled forest.

White of the snow.

Blue, and brown, and green, and white.
Continents split and reunite.
Life springs up from water and light.
People sing to stars at night:

Life is short; the art is long.
Ethics, law, and religion;
Math and physics growing strong;
Art and music raise a song.

In all our pride, we must recall:
Earth is home and life to all.
If we burn, and tear, and gall
Arts and cities both shall fall.

So if you love this fragile sphere,
Put all your hope into one child;
Her son might live beside the wild,
With room for forest, wolf, and deer.

There are deer in the tangled forest;
There are wolves in the tangled forest;
And frogs in the tangled forest;
And owls in the tangled forest.

Dunia, Dhara, Gaea, Terra: our Earth.