Music in Time of War

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Just after Remembrance Day, we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, with a programme of music associated with war. Tippett’s Five Spirituals, inspired by events in 1939, are a visceral and emotive cry for reconciliation. Butterworth’s lyrical idyll, The Banks of Green Willow, was written shortly before the composer’s death at the Somme. Requiem da Camera is Finzi’s setting of heartbreaking texts by Masefield, Hardy and Gibson: a poignant elegy to friends killed in action 1914-1918. Troubled times in Europe two centuries earlier inspired Haydn’s stirring response, Paukenmesse, permeated by ominous drumbeats and culminating in a potent prayer for peace. For more details, please click here.