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songs about childhood

SATB a cappella   |   4'   |   Graphite  |  Text: Robert Louis Stevenson  

Where Go the Boats sets a Robert Louis Stevenson text about a child’s boats sailing down a river. The child asks when they will return, then realizes they never will. "Boats of mine a-boating—Where will all come home? [...] Other little children Shall bring my boats ashore."

SATB a cappella with treble soloist  |  G. Schirmer |  5.5'  |  Text by Diane Thiel

Diane Thiel's text for Lodestar, from her poem Nursery Shellgame, describes life in the language of fairy tales and children's stories: "a trail of crumbs," "a handful of blue marbles," "how you wonder what you are..."

SSA or SATB chorus with string quartet and flute

text: Diane Thiel   |   18'

The two poems of Charting the World, both written by contemporary poet Diane Thiel, share a common theme: the wonder of watching a child acquire a new language. In “The First Sea,” language opens new worlds to children, unfolding fears and dreams alike. In “Counting Two,” it’s an adult perspective that shifts as a child learns to count to two.

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