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Two Choral Fanfares

First line:
Everyone suddenly burst out singing

Two Choral Fanfares, composed in 2010 and 2011, are designed as short concert openers, setting poems by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) and Charles Causley (1917-2003). Everyone sang uses a poem written shortly after the Armistice in 1918. The text does not explicitly reference that event but describes a communal elation translated into spontaneous song. Charles Causley’s work centres on ballads and folksong in the tradition of his native Cornwall. I am the song is an anaphora, each line beginning with the same words. The rhythm of the music is irregular and syncopated, with beats grouped mostly in sevens and fives, and, in contrast to the first fanfare, builds to a loud finish.

from notes by Bernard Hughes © 2016


Hughes: I am the song & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD451Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Everyone sang  Everyone suddenly burst out singing
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Track 1 on SIGCD451 [2'08] Download only
No 2: I am the song
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Track 2 on SIGCD451 [1'10] Download only

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