Earth Teach Me Quiet

for mixed choir, water-tuned glasses and marimba

Year
2013
Commissioner
Vocal Art Ensemble of Sweden and conductor Jan Yngwe supported by the Swedish Art Council
Instrumentation
SSAATTBB, water-tuned glasses, marimba
Text
Prayer of the Ute of North America
Language
English
Duration
5 min
Score
ISMN
9790697954809 (MB1552)
Recordings
The CrossingRising w/ The Crossing

The New York Times 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2020

Earlier this year, when singing together became just about the most dangerous thing you could do, Donald Nally, the magus behind the Crossing, our finest contemporary-music choir, began posting daily recordings from their archives. He called it “Rising w/ the Crossing,” also the title of an album of a dozen highlights. There’s David Lang’s eerily prescient reflection on the 1918 flu pandemic, performed last year, and Alex Berko’s stirring Lincoln. But I keep returning to Eriks Esenvalds’s dreamily unfolding appeal to the Earth, its text a prayer of the Ute people of the American Southwest: a work of true radiance, fired by the precision and passion of this spectacular group. (Zachary Woolfe)