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So they gave their bodies

author of text

The music of Peter Aston (1938-2013) is the most recent represented on this recording, yet his anthem So they gave their bodies fits comfortably into the musical and emotional landscape established by the other pieces. The text is part of a funeral oration by Pericles, a prominent Athenian politician, delivered near the start of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). As well as praising the dead for their valour, Pericles reflects on themes of freedom, liberality and equal justice under the law. Aston uses descending arpeggio motifs in a haunting musical reference to the Last Post, the bugle call used at Commonwealth military funerals and commemorations of those who have fallen in war.

from notes by Chichester Cathedral © 2018


Lest we forget
Studio Master: SIGCD562Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on SIGCD562 [3'42] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD562 track 11

Recording date
29 June 2018
Recording venue
Chichester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
David Leigh & Timothy Ravalde
Recording engineer
Al Forbes
Hyperion usage
  1. Lest we forget (SIGCD562)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 2018
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