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The Eagle

for SA chorus with violin & percussion

(2020)

Duration: 3:30

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This piece was inspired by the connection between the two beautiful countries of Poland and the United States. I found it fascinating that both countries have chosen an eagle as their emblem, a sign of freedom! In Poland according to legend, the White Eagle emblem originated when Poland's legendary founder Lech saw a white eagle's nest. When he looked at the bird, a ray of sunshine from the red setting sun fell on its wings, so they appeared tipped with gold, the rest of the eagle was pure white. He was delighted and decided to settle there and placed the eagle on his emblem. 

 

 “In the United States it is said the eagle was used as a national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. "They are shrieking for Freedom," said the patriots.
   Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless space of the future.”

 --Maude M. Grant

Full Text:

Soaring free the eagle spreads his wings 

Flying high a new song he sings 

 

Boże, Honor, Ojczyzna, Wolność.

Fierce and loyal at all cost

Boże, Honor, Ojczyzna, Wolność

Love and hope will not be lost

 

Ray of sunshine wings glow gold

Stand strong, mighty brave and bold

 

Promień słońca latać wolny

silny możny odważny

 

- Ally Rose Czyzewicz (b.1991) 

Perusal Score 

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