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Keep the Home Fires Burning
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Some Corner of a Foreign FieldPoetry and Music of the Great WarRead by Margaret HowardWith Bernard Palmer and Martin SouterThe horrors of the Great War of 1914-1918 produced some of the finest British poetry of the century. These poignant texts have been combined with music of equal power and emotion in a moving album, which mixes humour, irony, and terror in equal measure.1 Song: We don't want to lose you Helen Clarke2 The Volunteer Robert Service3 The Spirit Woodbine Willy4 Song: If you were the only girl in the world Violet Lorraine & George Robey5 If you were the only Bosch in the trench 6 Breakfast Wilfrid Gibson7 The Last Laugh Wilfred Owen8 Assault - God this is fun Erno Mueller9 Song: Oh! It's a lovely war Courtland & Jeffries10 The rear guard Siegfried Sassoon11 'One night at Cuinchy' Robert GravesFrom 'Goodbye to all that'12 Song: A Mademoiselle from Armentiers Jack Charman13 OBE AA MilneMusic: Pomp & Circumstance March No1 Edward Elgar (extract)14 Rouen May Cannan15 Song: Keep the home fires burning John McCormack16 Futility Wilfred Owen17 From France Isaac RosenbergMusic: Serenade for Strings Edward Elgar18 As the team's head brass Edward Thomas19 Easter Monday Eleanor Farjeon20 Song: Roses are shining in Picardy Ernest Pike21 For Some May Cannan22 Flanders Fields John Macrae23 Song: There's a long, long trail a-winding John McCormack24 The Soldier Rupert Brooke25 The Fallen Laurence BinyonMusic: Nimrod Edward Elgar26 Every One Sang Siegfried Sassoon27 From a full heart AA Milne28 The Armistice May CannanMusic: Adagio from Clarinet Concerto Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 29 Recessional Rudyard Kipling30 High Wood Philip JohnstoneCCL CDG1083Published by Classical Communications LtdP & C 2004 Classical Communications LtdImage: Poppy Meadow in a Private Garden in Oxfordshire/Clive Nichols Garden PicturesMade in Great BritainThe Great War produced some fine poetry, full of nobility and grandeur. It also produced some terrible songs! But these songs, and the ironic poetry behind them, add an extra layer to our understanding of the horror of the trenches, and the emotional and physical consequences for the people involved either on the front line, or at home in England, or adrift in another part of Europe. Our programme tells its own story of the war, from the resigned enthusiasm of setting out to fight, through the action, and the friends, lovers and family who were lost, to the terrible, terrible emptiness of its aftermath, which, despite the peace, was not a comfortable time in which to live. We have used music with the words of the First World War poets. Sometimes the music is even more poignant than any words could be. In other places in the programme it provides (almost) light relief, and certainly a moment for reflection. The poetry represents the whole gamut of written styles, from noble to angry, from sophistication to simplicity. And the music follows a similar pattern. Some of it comes straight from the music hall - or from deep inside some god-forsaken trench - while some of it represents the finest art music ever composed. From Wilfred Owen to Woodbine Willy, from Ernest Pike to Wolfgang Amadeus himself, we have assembled a complete view of the sublime - and the ridiculous.The programme was originated by Bernard Palmer, and features one of his personal favourite poets, Edward Thomas. 'As the team's head brass' (track 18) by Thomas is one of those special poems which really does cross the thin divide between humour and horror which is a particular feature of the programme. We hope that you will appreciate its poignancy as much as we do.Martin Souter, executive producerBernard Palmer, programme originator
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