Duration: 6'15" |
Ensemble: Unison choir organ
There aren't that many contemporary unison pieces for Remembrance occasions, so I hope this setting of a new, specially-commissioned text will be useful. Whilst acknowledging the toll armed conflict brings, Lizzie Ballagher's thoughtful words bring out the human qualities of those being commemorated, and should offer solace both in church and more secular settings.
The music is tuneful yet reflective, employing an accommodating vocal range suitable for most singers. Two verses in contrasting keys are linked by a twice-sung refrain, which eventually leads into an extended coda focusing prayerfully upon the Remembrance theme. The accompaniment is suitable for either organ or piano, and has been kept deliberately uncomplicated. There are two bars of optional solo at the very end.
Poet Lizzie Ballagher's website is at https://lizzieballagherpoetry.wordpress.com/about/