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Tree Song

A reflection on the generosity and interdependence of trees
George Ella Lyon
Commissioned by Twin Cities Women's Choir / Mary Bussman

The cello and piano -- possibly the most graceful instruments ever crafted out of wood — are the centerpiece for this lyrical song about giving, receiving and interdependence.  A whimsical list of trees forms a vocal counterpoint for George Ella Lyons' elegantly simple stanzas, which are passed gently from one voice part to another.

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-109-03 SSA, cello, piano - Choral Score
4' M Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-109-03DEL SSA, cello, piano - Choral Score
4' M Licensed PDF $3.00

Tree Song

Poem by George Ella Lyon

Roots, trunk,
branches, leaves.
As a tree gives
so it receives:
food from
the earth,
rain and sun
from the sky.
Its roots
reach deep
and its crown
rises high.
in spring,
fruit in
summer and fall:
home for many,
shelter for all.
Peach, plum, pear, prune, pine, poplar, persimmon,
Alder, ebony, elder, abba,
Champaka, cashew,
Cottonwood, yew,
Acacia, bamboo,
Maclura, mahogany, mangrove,
Cedar, cinnamon, willow, cocobolo, kahikatea,
Cacao, coffee, cashew,
Camilla, cherry, catalpa,
Tupelo, tulip,
Olive, chinaberry,
Chokecherry, mulberry, loblolly bay,
Aamla, sal, linden, laurel, lilac, larch,
Juniper, joshua, jellyfish, bo,
Bottletree, baobab, bunya-bunya.

Premiere: Twin Cities Women's Choir / Mary Bussman (Minneapolis, MN)
Bella Voce Singers / Jessica Corbin (Brooklyn, NY)

Solo voice
Premiere: Ruth MacKenzie and Elizabeth Alexader. Harmony for Mayo (Rochester and Minneapolis, MN)

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