Grand Grand Mother is returning

by Pamela J. Marshall

for SATB or SSAA, piano

Duration 5.5 minutes


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Grand Grand Mother is returning celebrates that continuity of natural processes – “the egg is always getting laid and laying” and human concepts too – “truth is being found and finding”. I believe in this energetic, rhythmic music to propel us forward from dire warnings of an ominous future to hope and positive action. Let us be hopeful that we will achieve a balance so that the natural world will remain rich and beautiful, to sustain us and enrich our spirits.

The poem for “Grand Grand Mother is returning” is by Judy Grahn from her book-length poem, The Queen of Wands.

Read about my project writing of The Future of Life.


This performance by the Master Singers of Lexington, MA is the version from the larger piece, The Future of Life, and includes trombone. In these standalone versions for SATB and SSAA, any essential trombone notes are written into the piano part.

Art credit: Cover background image designed by Harryarts / Freepik. Silhouettes designed by Kjpargeter / Freepik Recoloring and layout by the composer.

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Choral version


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