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To Make a Prairie

Pencil drawing created for this publication by Jonathan Machen. Used by permission of the artist. www.jonathanmachen.com

A delicate setting of Dickinson's timeless poem about dreams and creation
Poet/Lyricist: 
Emily Dickinson

A delicate setting of Dickinson’s timeless poem about the power of dreams — the crucial ingredients of creation.

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To Make a Prairie

Poem by Emily Dickinson

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee —
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

Reviews and Responses: 

"Determination. Mindfulness. Fortitude. Strength. Resilience. These ideas and more come to the surface when Elizabeth Alexander’s stirring music and Emily Dickinson’s inspirational text are paired together... The poem is only five lines long but can be profoundly impactful. Alexander’s musical setting is equally influential, creating an ethereal dream-like state through chromaticism and legato lines... As someone who has accompanied her fair share of choirs and soloists, I appreciate a great piano part when I see one... The composer has created an opportunity to successfully introduce chromaticism to choirs that may be unfamiliar or hesitant." - From the ChoralNet blog "One from the Folder," Dr. Shelbie Wahl-Fouts, Associate Professor, Hollins University * READ ENTIRE REVIEW HERE *

Performers: 

Women-in-Music Chorale / Christine Strohl (Columbus, OH)   * Premiere
ANIMA Singers / Emily Ellsworth (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Choir of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (Alexandria, VA)
Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City / Terri Teal (Kansas City, MO)
Glen Ellyn Children's Choir / Emily Ellsworth (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Good Company! / Steven Hoifeldt (Ames, IA)
Rutgers University Queen's Chorale / Steven A. Russell (New Brunswick, NJ)
The Concord Singers / Michael Sanflippo (Summit, NJ)
   

Good CompanyRutgers University Queens Chorale 

 

 

 

 

 

                                 

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