Peace : a Cantata for John Monash : for Adult Choir SATB, Children’s Choir SA, Soloists SABarB and Orchestra
by David Kram (2017)
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Peace : a Cantata for John Monash, for adult choir, children's choir, soloists and orchestra / music by David Ian Kram ; words by Kevin O'Flaherty.
Library shelf no. 782.24/KRA 1 [Available for loan]
This cantata celebrates peace, Australia and the friendship between France and Australia, embodied in the life and times of Sir John Monash (1865-1931). Ignorance about Sir John Monash is dispelled through this work. Audiences and participants realise the essential Australian elements of his character; egalitarian, civilised and innovative. Furthermore, the valuable contribution of Australia's forces in bringing World War One to an expeditious close.
The cantata has twenty-nine pieces. It may be performed with an interval. Anthems extolling peace serve to frame commentaries on the Australia of Monash and his life stages, including some words written by Monash himself.
Monash was a keen musician. This work draws on the styles of the music of his times, so mid-European, romantic, classical, folkloric, anthem-like, theatrical, some spoken dialogue, songs, arias, duets, trios, quartets with choir, purely choral, four children's songs.
In 2018 the composer was commissioned by French and Mauritian organisation to perform it in those countries so he made a French libretto and adapted, shortened and rescored it for concert band, renaming it Cantate pour la paix.
The Rotary Movement encouraged and supported the work.
Instrumentation: Soprano soloist, alto soloist, baritone soloist, bass soloist, children's choir (SA), SATB choir, 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (1 player), strings.
Duration: 90 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Choral - Moderate difficulty community/primary school level. Solo vocal parts - professional opera/concert singers. Orchestral - professional or conservatorium-standard players.
Contents note: 1. Let there be peace (choir, children, soloists) -- 2. Have joy, you who promote peace (soloists) -- 3. Jerilderie (children) -- 4. Dearest wife (baritone solo) -- 5. The Landing [Gallipoli] (men's choir] -- 6. Eternal One, grant us Your peace (choir, children) -- 7. Not for King, but Country (bass solo) -- 8. Grace Wilson (soprano solo) -- 9. Eternal One, grant us peace (choir) -- 10. The pink telegram (choir, soloists) -- 11. Have joy (reprise) (soloists) -- 12. Do good – prospera crescat laude (choir) -- 13. Monash at university (choir, baritone solo) -- 14. Do good – truth and fairness (children, baritone solo) -- 15. Bravo, Sir John (mezzo-soprano solo) -- 16. Peacemakers who sow in peace (soloists) -- 17. We honour John Monash the engineer (soloists) -- 18. Blessed are the peacemakers (choir) -- 19. War loomed in Europe (choir, children) -- 20. Monash soliloquy (baritone solo) -- 21. When we win this war (choir, bass solo) -- 22. Our little town (children) --23. Hamel (soloists) -- 24. Zero eight, zero eight (choir, soloists) -- 25. Monash letter (choir, soloists) -- 26. What relief (soloists) -- 27. Arise, Sir John (bass solo) -- 28. The Eterna’s face is turned to you (children) -- 29. Finale (choir, children, soloists).
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Robert Salzer Foundation.. Project inspired by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, managed by More Than Opera Ltd and funded by private benefaction and grants from the Robert Salzer Foundation.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Monash (1865-1931) was a keen musician. This work draws on the styles of the music of his times, so mid-European, romantic, classical, folkloric, anthem-like, theatrical, some spoken dialogue, songs, arias, duets, trios, quartets with choir, purely choral, four children's songs.
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