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Towards first light : an Anzac requiem, for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra / by Iain Grandage ; text by Kate Mulvany after the words of Australian war veterans and their families.
"The words and ideas in Towards First Light come directly from the hearts and memories of soldiers and their families. These incredible men and women shared their stories with us face-to-face, and through the publications The Anzac Book, Khaki and Green, Jungle Warfare and Soldiering On. Some have passed, some live on, but to all we are eternally grateful."
So writes Kate Mulvany, my collaborator on Towards First Light. In placing these texts at the core of this work, replacing as they do the traditional Requiem verses, it is our intention to not only acknowledge the primacy of Veterans in the genesis of the piece - without their sacrifice and service, it simply wouldn't exist - but also to open the work to a broader audience - one that is both secular and religious.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (134p. -- A3 (portrait))
Duration: 45 mins
I. Introit -- II. Kyrie -- III. Dies Irae -- IV. Lacrimosa -- V. Lus Aeterna -- VI. Libera Me -- VII. In Paradisum.
Includes programme note.
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