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An Australian war requiem (multiple choirs with orchestra)

by Christopher Bowen and Pamela Traynor (2014)

Australian war requiem


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An Australian war requiem : A world premiere / Christopher Bowen.

Library shelf no. DVD 58 [Not for loan]

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: SATB choir, children's choir, orchestra.

Duration: 81 min.

Contents note: [Tableau One: The Horror of War]  1. Those heroes that shed their blood – 2. Voices of the dead – 3. Stabat mater – 4. Oh Mother – 5. Death march – 6. We wonder when – 7. When men open their hearts – 8. Oh mother (reprise) – 9. Cuius animam – 10. Shells burst – 11. Interlude [Tableau Two: Sons and Mothers]  12. O quam tristis – 13. Mother, it is now midnight – 14. Quis est homo – 15. Oh my dear son – 16. How I pity the women in this war – 17. Miserere – 18. How your dear heart has ached – 19. Interlude [Tableau Three: Reflections on Loss]  20. Pro peccatis suae gentis – 21. Battle music – 22. At daybreak – 23. Soon after he came to us – 24. Vidit suum dulcem natum – 25. The last duty was performed – 26. Dying but in ev’ry stir – 27. I see so much of death – 28. Eia mater, fons amoris – The losses of this war are lamentable – 30. The last post – 31. They shall grow not old – 32. Lament of the lone piper.

First performance: by Christopher Bowen, Waitara Voices, Sydney University Graduate Choir, Celeste Lazarenko, Ayse Gӧknur Shanal, Henry Choo, Adrian Tamburini, Christopher Richardson, Fort Street High School Choir — 10 Aug 14. Sydney Town Hall


  • Has as subject/About: ANZAC

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