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War and peace

on May 6, 2002 10:00pm
The University of Oregon recently sponsored a choral competiton called "Waging Peace Through Singing," directed
by composer Robert Kyr. The competition called for original choral works with texts based, however loosely, on the
theme of 'peace.'
More than 700 works from 30 different countries were entered in the contest. This signifies the critical mass
of artistic attention devoted to the topic of peace in the wake of Sept 11. All of these works are listed on
a website, Those that were awarded honors distinctions are identified as being recommended
for performance. My work, "Prayer for Peace: E pluribus Unum," the text of which sets 46 different words for peace
from 57 different languages, is listed on this website.
Thank you, Margaret Collins Stoop
on June 22, 2003 10:00pm
I'm surprised not to see French composer Darius Milhaud's _Cantata of War_ (1940) and _Cantata of Peace_ (1937) listed in the "War and Peace" theme. Both are beautiful, extremely intense works for a cappella mixed choir on French texts by Paul Claudel. Here are the references:

--Darius Milhaud, _Cantate de la Guerre_ (Cantata of War), SATB, G. Schirmer, octavo number 8901;
--Darius Milhaud, _Cantate de la Paix_ (Cantata of Peace), SSAATTBB, G. Schirmer, octavo number 8900.

The scores include English versions of the texts by Helen H. Torrey.
To these works may be added two other choral compositions by Milhaud bearing on the same theme:
-- _The Two Cities_ (cantata in 3 parts telling the story of the 2 rival cities of Babylon and Jerusalem), SATB, also published by Schirmer;
-- _Six Sonnets compos
on July 7, 2004 10:00pm
For more TTBB selections, check "Songs of War and Peace," a CD recorded by Chor Leoni under the direction of Diane Loomer. Highlights include:

Gounod "Soldiers Chorus" from Faust
Tormis "Varjele, Jumala, Soasta"
Encina "Una Sanosa Porfia"
Byron Adams "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"


Musica Russica ( has published several Russian Warrior Songs

Holst "A Dirge for Two Veterans"
Kodaly "Soldier's Song"
Josquin/Marvin "Absolon Fili Mi"
Britten "Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" (written for and sent behind enemy lines to WWII POW's)
arr Jeffers "Waiting for the Dawn/Tentin' Tonight"
arr Marvin "The Minstrel Boy"

on July 22, 2006 10:00pm
I have composed a choral work with an anti-war text entitled "Prayer to St. Peter (SATB with piano and oboe or flute). The text is based on an anonymous poem that was foundd in a hospital in the Philippines during World War II.

I hope you might consider for your choir. You can see parts of the score and hear a short sound byte by clicking on the following (scroll down to "Prayer to St. Peter")

Thanks for your consideration.
on January 13, 2007 10:00pm
WAR MEMORIAL is the third of "Three Stuart Songs": compositions by Huub de Lange on poems by Alice V. Stuart. The sheetmusic (SATB A Capella) can be downloaded as pdf file via Also a recording of WAR MEMORIAL can be downloaded (mp3) on this site.

The direct link to the music is: