• Joseph M. Martin
  • Song of Wisdom — from “The Old Turtle” (2000)

  • Shawnee Press (World)

orchestrated by Brant Adams

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  • Chorus
  • 35 min
    • 16th August 2024, Trueblood Performing Arts Center, Washington Island, WI, United States of America
    • 12th May 2025, Great Hall St John's University, Collegeville, MN, United States of America
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Programme Note

Song of Wisdom from "Old Turtle" is an uplifting choral and symphonic experience based on the popular children's book "Old Turtle." Douglas Woods's classic story is a powerful acknowledgement of God's supreme love for the Earth and its inhabitants. Joseph Martin transforms the many characters and moods of the book into a musical fantasy that employs abundant text painting and musical imagery — singers actually imitate sounds of animals and nature. An ideal piece for young audiences and for performance by advanced high school, college, and community choirs and orchestras.