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To Make a Prairie

A delicate setting of Dickinson's timeless poem about dreams and creation
Emily Dickinson

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

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-016-01 SSA, piano - Choral Score
3' M Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-016-01DEL SSA, piano - Choral Score
3' M Licensed PDF $3.00

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 *


Premiere: Women-in-Music Chorale / Christine Strohl (Columbus, OH)
Anima Singers / Emily Ellsworth (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Carolyn Slenska, Betsy Yarrison and Mimi Stevens (Alexandria, VA)
Celestia, of The Concord Singers / Michael Sanflippo (Summit, NJ)
Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City / Terri Teal (Kansas City and Prairie Village, MO)
Good Company! / Steven Hoifeldt (Ames, IA)
Rutgers University Queen's Chorale / Steven A. Russell (New Brunswick, NJ)

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