THUNDER CALLING

 

(9:00) SATB Chorus, 4 Tubas. Copyright Fee: Score, Parts. Music Copyright 2005, Brent Michael Davids. Lyrics Copyright 2005, Marcie R. Rendon.

 

thunder calling is dedicated to the HoChunk People, the original citizens of the Madison territory. The HoChunk called the area "Taychopera" (TAY-CHO-pah-rah), meaning "four lakes." The Madison lakes are Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. From about 300-1300 A.D., American Indian mound builders lived in the area and built thousands of mounds. The striking feature of these mounds is their completion engineered over several-year periods, unlike the more utilitarian burial mounds. Repeatedly visiting the area to continue work on mounds begun years in advance, Indians were "called" to this place upon hearing the season's first thunder. Bones were lifted from their resting places, washed, and reburied with feasting somewhat similar to Mexico's Day of the Dead ceremonials.

 

"Thunder Calling" was commissioned by the Festival Choir of Madison, Wisconsin.