The Lesson of the Lark - by Laura Knight Cobb
THE LESSON OF THE LARK is a moving one-sit, historical fiction picture book for children and teens. It celebrates the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment of the United States constitution. Richly written in prose, this story teaches the importance of equality and tolerance through the eyes of a girl, a lark, and a gardener. It inspires readers to let their conscience be their guide by following the golden rule. It challenges readers to stand up, and take action for what they believe in. It offers words of wisdom about the tragedy of discrimination. Through symbolism and metaphor, this story speaks of integrity and perseverance. This beautifully crafted book serves as a testament to liberty, and the dire need for compassion and balance for humanity.
This book was the inspiration for the new concert work "The Lesson of the Lark." The piece, which is meant to uplift and unify us during these challenging times, is a multi-movement work composed for narrator, soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists, chorus, and jazz orchestra. The work takes its inspiration from the language of Jazz - including elements of Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova, Gospel, Salsa, and improvisation.
Available for both SATB and SSA ensembles. (SATB and SSA versions may be combined for a collaborative performance.)