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Dakota Wind


(SATB chorus, piano) 3'50"



The wind whispers, croons, blows and swirls in this animated celebration of nature's force in the Dakota's. Level: Medium.


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Composer's Notes:

This work was commissioned by North Central ACDA for performance by the Middle Level Men's Honor Choir at their 2016 conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jeffery Redding, conductor.


The text (below) for Dakota Wind was excerpted from a larger work, "Passage of Wind and Water: A Collaborative Choral Poem" written by various middle school, high school and adult residents of South Dakota and in relationship with The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water in Rapid City. It is used with the kind permission of poet Christine Stewart-Nunez who is the editor for the ongoing writing project which began in 2014.


The wind whispers

a lullaby as the earth


this same wind

blows snow

into October

into January,

into April drifts;

this same wind

melts them

into nourishing pools.


The wind sings

in the night sky,

croons to the moon,

pulls down its tears.

Oh great northern wind!

you're dancing again--

elemental swirling;

bring spring's rain,

bring summer's dust;

bring winter's snow.

And if we're silent

we'll hear its melody

as it shapes the stone,

a lullaby for

the drowsy earth.