COME, said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the Universal.
In this broad Earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed Perfection.
– from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Universal” from Leaves of Grass
In This Broad Earth is a short fanfare, adapted for flexible five-part ensemble (and optional percussion) from the band work of the same name. Inspired by beauty I witness when hiking in the Austrian Alps with my wife, Verena, the music celebrates the earth, our only home (for now).
One player from each of the following five parts is required:
- Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Trumpet, or Violin
- Clarinet in Bb, Trumpet in Bb, Eb Alto Sax, or Violin
- Clarinet in Bb, Trumpet in Bb, Eb Alto Sax, Horn in F, Violin, or Viola
- Bb Tenor Sax, Horn in F, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, or Cello
- Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Eb Baritone Sax, Tuba, Cello, or String Bass
This version also includes optional Timpani, Glock/Tam-tam, Snare Drum, Suspended/Crash/Shaker, and Bass Drum parts.