The Peace of Wild Things

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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5:00. SATB choir & piano.

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About the Work

Winner of the 2014 Nathan Davis Prize in Composition.
Commissioned by the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. Michael Kerschner, conductor.


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When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Text copyright © 2012 by Wendell Berry from New Collected Poems.
Used with permission of Counterpoint Press.

3 reviews for The Peace of Wild Things

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debbie Shoemaker

    This was an absolutely beautiful piece of music. My daughter is a member of the choir. The choir did an outstanding job!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bri Craw

    This piece has a million lives. Each time it’s sung or heard I learn something new about its story. The text and music are a perfect marriage of personal and universal, evoking the journey of sorrow to hope to joy. It was a pleasure to sing its premiere, and I can’t wait to hear where it (and Jake) go next!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen Maples

    Singing this piece was an absolute pleasure. Each singing of the piece revealed something new, whether in text, tone, or musicality. There are such great emotional crescendos, and quiet moments, that one can’t help but fall in love with this piece. Well done, Jake!

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