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For the fallen

First line:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
2016; SSAATTBB; written for Joseph Wicks and the Beaufort Singers
author of text

As with Justorum animae, which similarly sets a text with a theme of departed ones at rest, this richly textured eight-voiced setting of Binyon’s renowned poem is filled with the interplay of voices. It begins with sopranos and altos radiating almost tentatively upwards and downwards in mirror image from a single note, singing a motif spanning just a major third (‘They shall grow not old’), answered by tenors and basses with their own motif (‘as we that are left grow old’), likewise contained within a narrow pitch range. The music gradually expands to fill a wide compass from high soprano to low bass, but then it progressively becomes simpler, with all voices persistently recalling the music of the opening with its single note and its ‘They shall grow not old’ motif to underline the idea of a memory that can never fade. The scheme of this deeply felt piece could possibly be modelled on Purcell’s Hear my prayer, O Lord, likewise an eight-voiced a cappella anthem which expands from a single voice to a quite passionate climax, subsiding to a tranquil final open-fifth chord (neither major nor minor).
For the fallen was written in 2016, inscribed ‘for Joseph Wicks and the Beaufort Singers’.

from notes by John Rutter © 2018


Park: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68191Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 12 on CDA68191 [4'11]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68191 track 12

Recording date
7 July 2017
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Park: Choral works (CDA68191)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 2018
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