WAR is the first of three pieces that I wrote for the UCD (University College Dublin) Choral Scholars, directed by Desmond Earley. This “Irish Trilogy” centers on three key elements: War, Peace and Aimhirgin. This setting for mixed choir and oboe is taken from a beautiful poem by Francis Ledwidge. I composed the piece on the Greek island of Tinos, where I have vacationed in the summer for many years. While War is a poem that speaks of darkness, storm, and thunder, Tinos is quiet and peaceful. Actually, the poem had nothing to do with what I was experiencing in Tinos – namely sunshine, wonderful weather, the quiet sea and peaceful atmosphere! Yet, the final sentence of the poem is: I am the epic of the sea, and this quote is definitely in tune with Greece. The Greek sea was quite helpful and inspired me greatly.
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