II. In Flanders Fields For SATB Choir, Flute, Bells, and Piano (5:00)
Gladde Music Publications Choral Score (GMP0204)
- $2.15 Instrumental Parts (Flute, Bells) (GMP0204X)
Jointly commissioned by the
Fresno State Chamber Singers (Anna Hamre, Director) and Chico State Chamber Singers
(Jeffrey Gemmell, Director) of
California StateUniversity.... a dramatic, powerful choral
statement about the anger and chaos of war!
The poem, In
Flanders Fields, was written in 1915 by Lt.
Col. John McCrae, a Canadian officer who died in 1918 of
pneumonia while serving in the medical corps. This poem is considered
one of the most memorable war poems ever written. McCrae
died in the battlefields of France, only months before the war ended.
mood of the music captures the sadness of the
poem. Instrumental devices in the flute and bells are used
to enhance images suggested by the words of the poem. The
flute employs a haunting flutter-tonguing in its low register as well
as pitch-bending. The bowing of Crotales adds an eeriness
to the texture.