Spring Grass

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB a cappella

Celebrate spring and the return of life! Opening with an earnest longing for the first grass of spring, this dance grows ever more playful, eventually breaking into an exuberant frolic of la-la's, doodah's and fiddle-dee-dee's. (Note: "Spring Grass" is the final movement of the larger work, "Spring Revels.") Winner of the Brookline Chorus Composition Competition.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
SEA-006-03
Duration: 
4:00
Commissioned By: 
Festival Choir of Madison. Madison, WI
Premiere
Premiere Conductor: 
Eric Townell
Awards: 

Winner, Brookline Chorus Composition Competition

Performances: 

Festival Choir of Madison; Eric Townell, conductor. Madison, WI

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Carl Sandburg
Language: 
English
Text: 

"Spring Grass"
Poem by Carl Sandburg

Spring grass, there is a dance to be danced for you.
Come up, spring grass, if only for young feet.
Come up, spring grass, young feet ask you.

Smell of the young spring grass,
You're a mascot riding on the wind horses.
You came to my nose and spiffed me.
This is your lucky year.

Young spring grass just after the winter,
Shoots of the big green whisper of the year,
Come up, if only for young feet.
Come up, young feet ask you.

"Spring Grass" © 1928, 1956, by Carl Sandburg.
Reprinted by permission of Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, Inc.