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In Memoriam

for tenor and string quartet

Year:  2017   ·  Duration:  12m

Year:  2017
Duration:  12m

Composer:   Janet Jennings

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This is a song cycle comprising four poems by English writer Edward Thomas. Most of his poetry was written shortly before his death at the Battle of Arras, 1917. The first poem, 'The Trumpet', is opaque in meaning, but the setting captures the poet's contradictory feelings of exhilaration and despair at the onset of war. 'The Owl' is one of Thomas's many poems that feature a first-person narrator. The repeated calls of the owl in the cello and violins act as nagging voices intruding on his solitude. 'The Gallows' is an apparently straightforward folk tale but the poem is perceived as an expression of Thomas's confusion over war between England and Germany. Each verse expresses the character of its subjects (the gamekeeper, weasel, magpie and crow). Who are the aggressors and who are the victims? The final song of the cycle, 'In Memoriam (Easter, 1915)', is a deeply felt lament in which the young men killed in war are compared with flowers "left thick at nightfall in the wood".

Contents note

I. The Trumpet
II. The Owl
III. The Gallows
IV. In Memoriam (Easter, 1915)

Text note

Text by Edward Thomas (1878-1917)