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ANZACS: A Generation Lost in Legend

for SATB choir, STB soloists, violin, brass quintet, percussion and organ

Year:  2016

Year:  2016

Composer:   Janet Jennings

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Janet Jennings: ANZACS: A G...

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ANZACS - A Generation Lost in Legend is the first large-scale setting of New Zealand war poetry. The composer compiled the text from poems written during, and subsequent to, World War I in a work that gives voice to the ANZAC soldiers who served during the war. It has been the composer's intention in setting this poetry to music to create the world of the texts for the performers and their audiences.

The composition and preparation of the work was partially funded by Creative New Zealand as a WW100 Project for initial performances in Australia (Newcastle University and St James' Church, Sydney) and in New Zealand as Auckland Cathedral's ANZAC event, April 2017.

Commissioned note

Funded by the Creative New Zealand First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund.

Text note

Texts by New Zealand poets Mike Subritzky ('ANZAC - The Legend' and 'December Dreamtime') and Donald H. Lea ('Stretcher-Bearer'). In addition, two poems 'Raising Recruits' and 'For The Empire') were written anonymously in a young Hawera woman’s autograph book by New Zealand soldiers leaving for the front in 1914.