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The Old Lie - powerful setting of Wilfred Owen's WW1 poetry - choral score

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By Jon Arterton

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Choir, SATB, Chorus, narrator, piano/organ, flute, trumpet, timpani/chime and strings - Digital Download
Composed by Jon Arterton. Arranged by Jon Arterton. 21st Century. Score. 19 pages. Published by Jon Arterton (S0.60341).

Item Number: S0.60341

This dramatic 12-minute piece captures the agony and brutality of the First World War. It begins with a gentle setting of Robert Burns' famous poem "Red, Red Rose". The lyrical sounds of the bucolic countryside gradually give way to the electrifying poetry of First World War poet Wilfred Owen. The horrors of gas warfare are brought to life with rhythmic intensity and passion. The title "Dulce et Decorum Est" is "the old lie" according to Owen: "It is sweet and right to die for your country." The piece ends with a comforting chorale-like setting of the composer's words: "Light eternal shines all around them, resting forever, finally at rest." A performance of the piece with accompanying images can be seen on Youtube at for SATB chorus, narrator, piano/organ, flute, trumpet, timpani/chime and strings. Choral Score with piano reduction. Full Score (JA222) and parts (JA223) also available.

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