This overture is divided into three sections, each based upon different poetry with a common theme, “the unity of people on earth”. The work uses folk songs from different ethnic origins in combination with each other to create a composition reflective of the title. A slow introduction leads into a spirited allegro after the narrator speaks the ending of Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus”, which appears on the pedestal of the statue of Liberty. This is followed by a slow section where the composer’s poem, “I’m From America”, is spoken over the music. The final section is also a spirited allegro where the composer’s poem, “We Are One”, is spoken among a set of variations on a Quapaw Indian Song.
The following is a list of the songs used in this work and their location.
Sunrise Call (Zuni Indians) – woodwind solos m. 1-28, canon m. 9-17
Bluebird (Korea) – low instrument answer to woodwind solos m. 1-28
Rocka My Soul (Negro Spiritual) – m. 28-43
Pretty Pena (Mexican) – m. 43-60 in high instruments
Arirang (Korean) – m. 50-68 in low instruments
Shalom, Chaverim – m. 61-68 in low instruments
My Lord, What a Morning (Negro Spiritual) – m. 79-86 in low instruments
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Negro Spiritual) – m. 79-86 in high instruments
Santa Lucia (Italian) – m. 87-103
Hymn To The Sun (Aztec) – m. 104-115
Face Dance song (Quapaw Indians) – m. 116-153, 177 – end
Rice Harvesting song (Vietnamese) – 159 -175
Sunset Song (Zuni Indians) – m. 159 -178
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