Notes: Voices of Earth was commissioned by Ariose Women's Choir, Jolaine Kerley, artistic director. First performed by them in Edmonton, April 26th, 2019. The text is by Canadian poet Archibald Lampman. A good piece for Earth Day or Spring concerts! Listen to Ariose's fine recording on the Cypress website.
Voices of Earth We have not heard the music of the spheres, The song of star to star, but there are sounds More deep than human joy and human tears, That Nature uses in her common rounds; The fall of streams, the cry of winds that strain The oak, the roaring of the sea’s surge, might Of thunder breaking afar off, or rain That falls by minutes in the summer night. These are the voices of earth’s secret soul, Uttering the mystery from which she came. To him who hears them grief beyond control, Or joy inscrutable without a name, Wakes in his heart thoughts bedded there, impearled, Before the birth and making of the world. by: Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)