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Songs About John Muir

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Each of the following links offers artist and album information, sound clips, and lyrics.


Songs Inspired by John Muir

  • Come Back Home by Jonathan Sprout
  • Creation's Dawn (Ode to John Muir) by Barry Hertz
  • Climb the Mountains - Lyrics by Mary Bracken Phillips and music by Craig Bohmler (from Mountain Days: The John Muir Musical
  • Cry of the Wild by Gary Bowman - from the album Gary Bowman's Song of the Animals, Download Lyrics & MP3 soundclips from the artist's website (off-site link)
  • Sweet and Easy by Kathy Muir
  • Hooray for Hetch Hetchy by Bill Oliver (off-site link)
  • John Muir Suite by Dan Thomasma and Terry Yazzolino
  • John Muir by Doron Diamond, on the album Silo. Instrumental.
  • Mountain Days - Original Cast Recording - Features ten songs from the musical about John Muir's life.
  • Range of Light by Sasha Matson, For Mezzo-Soprano (Catherine Robbins) and Chamber Orchestra Texts by John Muir - (offsite link)
  • Range of Light by Walkin' Jim Stoltz
  • "River of Mercy," composed by Andrew Norman, had its world premiere in Oakland's Paramount Theatre on April 22, 2007. This 22-minute opus, commissioned by Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, is a paean to the splendors of the Merced River. Using spoken excerpts from writings of the naturalist John Muir as a guide, it traces the river's course from the Sierras down to the sea. (Source: Review: "Aquatic imagery doesn't hold water in 'River of Mercy' by Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic, San Francisco Chronicle, April 23, 2007.
  • Sierra by Kyle Vincent
  • Two Little Feet by Greg Brown
  • This Grand Show is Eternal music by Lee Kesselman - a setting of texts by John Muir, commissioned and performed by San Francisco Lyric Chorus in honor of their 10th anniversary.
  • Winds composed by Richard Cowan,  Artist in Residence, Northern Kentucky University - a 25 minute piece for small orchestra and solo tenor, a quasi-operatic role that has John Muir as narrator in Muir's beautiful text A Wind Storm in the Forest.  In this orchestral -operatic work we follow Muir noticing the budding windstorm in a friend's log cabin, his climb up the mountain, shimmying up the tree,  enjoying the colors, scents and rhythms of the wind storm, and the slow descent in the evening, as the storm dies away. The world premiere of this operatic work will take place in July of 2006 in France, on Belle Ile en Mer, off the Coast of Brittany, as part of the Lyrique in Mer Festival, the largest opera festival in Western France

See also John Muir Bibliography, Music Section for annotations, and additional listings of instrumental music inspired by John Muir.

For more environmental songs, go to Harold's collection of Earth Songs (offsite link)

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