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The Pine Planters

Soprano & Percussion
Poem by Thomas Hardy
13 minutes | 1996
Score 14 pages

Recorded on Zyode compact disc DS1017

This is an intense single-movement setting of a poem about unrequited love by Thomas Hardy. A young man and woman plant seedlings on the English countryside, and Hardy compares the young woman’s unnoticed and unspoken love for the man with the beginning of life un-asked-for by the tree.

The percussionist is called upon to make rapid changes from instrument to instrument. These include: marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, orchestra bells, chimes, bass drum, and tam-tam.