i go among trees

satb with piano and cello

available for purchase through JW Pepper


About this Work

This beautiful Wendell Berry poem sets a mood of quiet and serenity and this piece captures this same mood through the music using lovely harmonic moments to draw both the singer and the listener in. The cello and piano accompaniment is quite stirring and also adds to the overall mood of the piece


The Score






Performed by the Decorah High School Choir, Jason Rausch, Conductor. 


The Text

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.

Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it. As we sing,
the day turns, the trees move.

                                   Used with permission

                                   By Wendell Berry