Lenten Special Music
Foundry Chancel Choir, Orchestra & Soloists will present excerpts from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobie Pacem at both the 9:00 AM & 11:15 AM worship services.
Dona Nobis Pacem: A Heartrending Cry premiered in 1936, with text by Walt Whitman and Holy Scriptures, pays subtle tribute to Verdi’s Requiem and anticipates by twenty-five years Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Its prayers for peace are as relevant today as when it was first performed.
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More about Dona Nobis Pacem:
Composed in 1936 by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, this cantata was commissioned to mark the centenary of the Huddersfield Choral Society of West Yorkshire, England, one of Britain’s leading choirs. Vaughan Williams produced his plea for peace by referring to recent wars, amid growing fears of a new war. His texts were taken from the Mass, three poems of American poet, essayist and journalist Walt Whitman, a political speech by John Bright, and sections of the Bible.
Walt Whitman was greatly influenced by the American Civil War. One of the other poems included in the complete cantata, “Beat! Beat! Drums!,” was published as a rally call for the North; after his reading of a casualty list where Whitman saw his brother’s name listed. He headed south to find his brother, locating him indeed alive, and gratefully only superficially wounded. Whitman’s war poetry contributed to the development of the young Vaughan Williams, whose setting of Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” was the text of his first symphony, A Sea Symphony. This followed by other settings, culminating in Dona Nobis Pacem.
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