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

  • Shawnee Press (World)

orchestrated by Brant Adams

  • 2(pic).12(bcl).1/2221/timp.2perc/hp.pf(cel)/str
  • 01(ca).1(cbcl).0/432+btbn.1/timp.2perc/hp.pf(cel)/db
  • Chorus
  • 35 min

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.