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The fifteen war poems comprising In War-time best described as a choral cantata by the English composer Clive Strutt b. 1942 are mainly settings of World War I poems, but three - nos.  IX SCHERZO, XI DIRGE Easter 1942, and XIII Still falls the Rain The Raids, 1940, Night and Day relate to poems from World War II, while the introductory piece no. I CORTEGGIO concerns the Peninsular War. The majority are inevitably serious in tone, but there is a little light relief in shape of nos. IX SCHERZO, and XII BATHOS, both of which, interestingly, are anonymous. Some pieces are lengthy especially no. X PHANTASMOGORIA The Assault, while others are short nos. XIV and XIV, for example. Some are well-known - nos. V In Flanders Fields, and VII Anthem for Doomed Youth - while others are much less so - no. XI, for example, by the Orkney poet Ann Scott-Moncrieff, which exists as a published work only in a Scottish literary magazine Chapman; or We shall come no more by Very Brittain. The Song-cycle was composed during 2015 whilst centenary commemoration of World War I was very much in public awareness, although the idea for the work had occurred to Strutt many years before. The original idea was for perhaps four or five pieces, but this became expanded to fifteen as the project continued.

Author: Clive Strutt


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