Prairie Spring

A setting of the poem by Willa Cather

For SAB Choir with optional piano accompaniment

Duration: ca. 2:45

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Willa Cather (1873-1947) was an American writer best known for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains. Prairie Spring was first published in 1913 as the prologue to the novel O Pioneers!

Prairie Spring

Evening and the flat land,
Rich and sombre and always silent;
The miles of fresh-plowed soil,
Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness;
The growing wheat, the growing weeds,
The toiling horses, the tired men;
The long empty roads,
Sullen fires of sunset, fading,
The eternal, unresponsive sky.

Against all this, Youth,
Flaming like the wild roses,
Singing like the larks over the plowed fields,
Flashing like a star out of the twilight;
Youth with its insupportable sweetness,
Its fierce necessity, Its sharp desire,
Singing and singing,
Out of the lips of silence,
Out of the earthy dusk.

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Sheet music for PRAIRIE SPRING is available from: J. W. Pepper.

Performance History

World premiere not yet scheduled.