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The Man Who Planted Trees
Written by Jean Giono and narrated by the late Robert J. Lurtsema (host of public radio's "Morning Pro Musica"), this empowering story of a tree-planting shepherd is set to original music by the Paul Winter Consort.
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THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES is the story of Elzeard Bouffier, a man of great simplicity and determination. Bouffier, having lost his wife and son, retreats to a remote and desolate part of France. "It was his opinion that this land was dying for want of trees". So, alone with his dog and his sheep, he commences his life work - the steadfast planting of one hundred acorns each day.
This story is a chronicle of the enormous contribution that one person can make to the earth. Over the course of thirty years, laboring in peace, without interuption, and in complete anonymity, Bouffier transforms the landscape. Once desiccated, ravaged by relentless winds, and foresaken by people, the region is brought back to life by Bouffier's trees.
The Consort and Earth Music Productions bring this powerful eco-fable to life in this special recording with narration by the late Robert J.Lurtsema, former host of one of North American public radio's most popular innovative music programs, WGBH's "Morning Pro Musica". The lyrical and rhythmic music of the Paul Winter Consort reinforces the story's message of hope.
Run time 39:46
Living Music, 1985