Percussion ensemble Narrator (optional), Percussion I:, vibraphone, chimes, marimba, 4 crotales, 4 graduated suspended cymbals, 2 or 3 cup gongs, 5 timpani, 1 timpano - any size (optional), light rubber - backed rug (to mute vibraphone), Percussion II:, vibraphone, chimes (optional), 6 crotales, 4 graduated tam tams, 2 or 3 cup gongs, coil spring, 2 brake drums, 6 graduated drums, 1 timpano (any size), light rubber - backed rug (to mute vibraphone)
Blessed Are The Peacemakers: for They Shall Be Called The Children Of God. Composed by William Kraft. "The Jewish Conscript" by Florence Kiper Frank, "Suffering of This World" by Issa, "The Arsenal at Springfield" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, These poems are contained in "Poems of War Resistance" edited by Scott Bates published by Grossman Publishers (. Encounters. Contemporary. Set of performance scores. With Standard notation. Composed 1977. 20 x 2 pages. Theodore Presser Company #114-40972. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114409720).
Item Number: PR.114409720
Two of the earlier "Encounters" (III and IV) were, with some humerous intent, structurally derived from certain tenets of war: Strategy, Truce of God (a medieval practice), and Tatics. In "Encounters VII" the approach is more personal, being based on various anti-war poems. Each section of the work, except for the opening, begins by quoting in Morse code the first words of a specific poem, and then goes on to a musical setting. The Morse code is woven into the musical fabric as a paramater. 1st Code: "Blessed are the Peacemakers" - Matthew 5:9 2nd Code: "Ah, What a Sound Wiil Rise" and 3rd Code: "Is it, O Man, with such Discordant Noises..." - from "The Arsenal at Springfield by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 4th Code: "Suffering of this World" - Issa 5th Code: "The Jewish Conscript: For a Jew that they hung on the Bloody Cross (He aksi died in vain)" - from "The Jewish Conscript (1916) by Florence Kiper Frank.
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