THE CHILDREN'S ORCHARD


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Performed By: VocalEssence

Instrumentation:
SATB Chorus

Text: Muriel Rukeyser

Duration: 6 minutes

Commissioned By:
VocalEssence by Mike McCarthy to honor his wife Kay

Premiere:
March 7, 2017, Minneapolis Convention Center by VocalEssence

Available From:
Libby Larsen Publishing

Composer's Notes:

To me, Kay McCarthy’s Flower Garden quilt exudes joy, generosity and wisdom. Her vibrant, colorful flowers float on a burnished, warm background. The quilt reminded me of one my favorite poems, The Children’s Orchard, by one of my favorites poets, Muriel Rukeyser. “In the full sun. In the fruit fall season” the poem begins, as the poet muses on two “bare-ribbed boys golden and shouting” collecting plumbs. Like Kay’s flowers, captured in color, these boys, captured in poetry exist in the same, ancient cycle of life.

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This work is part of a set commissioned by VocalEssence. The set is available from Graphite Publishing here.