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A child's prayer

First line:
For Morn, my dome of blue
author of text

Arthur Bliss (1891-1975) joined the army when the war first broke out. He served in France as an officer in the Royal Fusiliers and the Grenadier Guards. He was wounded at the Somme in 1916 and, two years later, gassed at Cambrai. Bliss wrote to The Pall Mall Gazette championing performances of British music, a cause he continued after the war. On returning home wounded from the Somme he 'heard a (London) public vociferously applauding a German soloist', and developed a very personal musical style which owed little to German models.

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) was already in service with the Sussex Yeomanry on the day the United Kingdom declared war. He was commissioned into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a second lieutenant on 29 May 1915. Sassoon’s periods of duty on the Western Front were marked by exceptionally brave actions, including the single-handed capture of a German trench. Deepening depression at the horror the soldiers were forced to endure produced in Sassoon a paradoxically manic courage, and he was nicknamed 'Mad Jack' by his men. His efforts were rewarded with a Military Cross. In 1917 his letter, Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration, was read in parliament. Instead of facing a court-martial however, the Under-Secretary of State for War declared Sassoon insane and sent him to military hospital. There was only one way for Sassoon to escape the hospital, and that was to give up his protest. By July 1918 Sassoon was back on the Western Front where he was hit by friendly fire. He spent the remainder of war in Britain.

from notes by Robin Tritschler © 2014


Bliss: A Knot of Riddles & other songs
No Exceptions No Exemptions
Studio Master: SIGCD401Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 18 on CDA67188/9 CD2 [1'37] 2CDs
Track 11 on SIGCD401 CD2 [1'48] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67188/9 disc 2 track 18

Recording date
11 February 1998
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Bliss: A Knot of Riddles & other songs (CDA67188/9)
    Disc 2 Track 18
    Release date: February 2000
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