Composer: Clearfield, Andrea
Publisher: International Opus
for soprano, oboe (or flute) and piano
by Andrea Clearfield (b. 1960)- American composer
Gaia is a prayer to the Earth and a prayer for peace. It was inspired by a poem written by a fourteen year old girl who invited the spirit of the Earth Mother to join her in a ritual of gratitude. The ritual grows from a chant into a dance celebrating the eternal pulsing of the earth. Witnessing also the destruction of the environment, the girl's plea competes with more dense and dissonant material which threatens, but never silnces, her prayer. The composition incorporates fragments of a Hopi Native-American lullaby.