A Letter From Abraham Lincoln

Version for organ and baryton solo   Carry Persson baryton & Per Frendahl orgel   

Matthew Brady was one of the most celebrated photographers in American history, best known for his photographs of the Civil War.

A Letter from Abraham is a part of "Chief Seattle´s Letter". 

An oratorium for Baryton solo choire and Orcestra     

First performed by Håkan Hagegård & Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Choire  (Durata 45 minutes)

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"The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family."

                               This affirmation of Indian eloquence may not be founded in historical reality

For more information:    http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1985/spring/chief-seattle.html           

                                                                      A Letter from Abraham


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