Anthem for doomed youth (Michael Winikoff)

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  • (Posted 2011-03-09)  CPDL #23241:   
Editor: Michael Winikoff (submitted 2011-03-09).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 1.27 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Anthem for Doomed Youth
Composer: Michael Winikoff
Lyricist: Wilfred Owen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1995
Description: The poem Anthem for Doomed Youth paints in vivid imagery the funeral of soldiers in the great war. Those who fall like cattle do not have the usual trappings of a funeral: passing bells, prayers, bells, mourning voices, bugles or candles. Instead, they have only the guns' monstrous anger, and the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle. The voice of mourning is that of the shrill demented choirs of wailing shells. I have set this text as a funeral march which follows Wilfred Owen's text and paints the guns' rapid rattle, the bugles, and the wailing demented choirs. The march closes with a quiet a cappella section, bringing peace to the fallen. Like Owen's poem, I hope this piece of music manages to evoke the horrific nature of war, and perhaps encourage us all (and especially our leaders, elected or otherwise) to try harder to avoid war and seek peaceful solutions instead. The piece was composed in 1995 and revised in February 2008. Duration: approx. 5:10

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Anthem for doomed youth.