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Choral music about WW1, beside Britten?

Hello, fellow musicians
I'm looking for composers/arrangers that have choral works about WW1.
Can you pinpoint some of them?
 
I myself have a website with some of that music. Worth a look, i guess?
 
Greetz!
Bart
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on November 19, 2013 9:48am
Hi, Bart --
 
I'd point you to a piece of mine based on poetry by British soldier-poet Wilfred Owen.  It's called A Strange Sweetness.  In the poem, Owen describes the mystery of a faint smile he saw on the face of a dead soldier.  You can see/hear/purchase the score here:
 
 
Thanks for taking a look!
 
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
www.josephgregoriomusic.com
www.aretemusicimprints.com
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on November 19, 2013 8:22pm
WOW!!!
 
Joseph,
    The poem and your setting brought tears to my eyes.  Bravo!
 
 
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on November 20, 2013 5:43am
Thank you, Jack; it is one of those poems that I simply knew I had to set the instant I read it. The performance you heard was by my choir, Ensemble Companio.
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
on November 19, 2013 10:36am
Hi Bart
I've got an SSA setting of a poem by Sara Teasdale, "Winter Stars." The text refers to WWI. Score & mp3 on here  and also on my site: http://www.richcampbell.us/composer.htm
-Rich
 

Winter Stars

BY SARA TEASDALE

I went out at night alone;

 The young blood flowing beyond the sea

Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings—

 I bore my sorrow heavily.

 

But when I lifted up my head

 From shadows shaken on the snow,

I saw Orion in the east

 Burn steadily as long ago.

 

From windows in my father’s house,

 Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,

I watched Orion as a girl

 Above another city’s lights.

 

Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,

 The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,

All things are changed, save in the east

 The faithful beauty of the stars.

 



Source: Flame and Shadow (1920)

This text is in the public domain.

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on November 19, 2013 10:49am
Bart,
 
Search in Musica database ( http://www.musicanet.org ) for the keyword "World War". You will find 44 answers and will be able to discriminate yourself between WW I and II
 
Best regards,
Jean
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on November 19, 2013 11:00am
Hello, Bart!
 
Just this week, I finished Glorious Victory (SABT/brass quartet, or SATB/organ/optional percussion)  Duration: 3:15; Difficulty, medium; text:
 
Glorious victory?
Our soldiers have succeeded, but have taken neither treasure nor land.
There were many writhing in anguish who could not fully understand "glorious victory. " Let them rest!
Now, let them rest.
Through summer heat and winter cold, their deeds of valor will be told.
Though countless years may pass a way, our nation still shall mourn this day, while the brave young men and women we honor, rest.
Many years have gone by while we have waited, praying for peace.
Glorious victory will come to the world, when all war and strife shall cease.
Then, at that time, we can know what it is to have glorious victory.
Sound the trumpets!.
Oh, glorious victory, glorious, victory!
Pray for that day!  
 
My e-mail is wdepue@woh.rr.com  My website is www.wallacedepue.com
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on November 19, 2013 1:21pm
Hi, Bart; Kelvin McNeal by way of introduction. I have a piece, "Memorial Day", that doesn't specify a particular war, rather, it speculates what could be in the empty space when the fighting stops.
Kelvin McNeal
kelvin7@q.com
 
I can send you a perusal score if you'd like.
Thanks.
Kelvin
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on November 19, 2013 1:34pm
Bart:
 
I have written There will come soft rains.  It is based on two
Sara Teasdale poems, Spring in War-Time and the title poem.
The themes are loss in war, and the indifference of nature
to human suffering.  The poems were written in the aftermath
of WW1, but they are not specific to any war.  Published by Santa Barbara.  
Score and recording are visible/audible here.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
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