Sure Of The Sky, Sure Of The Sun (Mixed Voices)

Howard Goodall

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Voicings: SATB divisi

Arrangement: Mixed Voices

Accompaniment: Accompanied

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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Setting both English and German texts, Sure of the Sky, Sure of the Sun – Des Himmels sicher, der Sonne sicher is a haunting and moving reflection on the futility of war.  The 5-minute piece for SATB choir and brass was premiered at one of the UK’s three main World War I centenary commemoration events on 4 August 2014. It was launched by the London Symphony Chorus, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Chor and Coldstream Guards, at a twilight event attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and a number of world leaders, all gathered together in the tiny woodland cemetery of St Symphorien near Mons, Belgium – the resting place for the first and last British, and the last Commonwealth, soldiers to die on the Western Front.
The texts are “May, 1915” by Charlotte Mew (1869-1928), and “To a Missing Friend” by Goldfeld, a German Jewish soldier killed in action, the poem was discovered by Jewish military historian, Peter C Appelbaum.

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Price: £15.00

Copyright Year(s): 2014

  • Mixed Voices

Genre(s): First World War

Product Language: German

Pages: 16