Monday, January 19, 2009

Music Monday - Everyone Sang

I just found out today that, in a happy bit of kismet, the poem I posted on my other blog, A Habit of Reading, for last week's Poetry Friday, serves as the text for a lovely choral work from 1975 that the community chorus I sing with will be performing this spring. The author of the text is British poet Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), and the composer is fellow Brit Peter Willsher (b. 1951). This clip is from the BBC's 2008 Remembrance Sunday episode of Songs of Praise.


Barb said...

That is quite lovely. I'd like to sing in a nice staircase sometime - very interesting.

Peter Willsher said...

Thanks so much for your very kind words about my little opus. It does seem to be performed still, which is so nice, and get a little publicity from time to time.
Unfortunately the BEEB did an editing number on my song, and performed it at a significantly faster pace than I had hoped for!
Here is a performance I conducted in St Martin in the Fields a few years ago.