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Listen to excerpts Asleep- And All Trumpets:
Listen to excerpts Dies Irae- And All Trumpets:
1 Dies Irae
2 The Trumpet (Rise up, rise up)
3 Tuba mirum
4 The Dead (Blow out, you bugles)
5 Vigil Strange
6 Rex Tremendae
7 Such, such is death
9 Pie Jesu
10 Asleep (Under his helmet)
‘My piece focuses on war, the dead and the trumpets of the last judgement’, states Ronald Corp of this choral work lasting about 40 minutes and recorded by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
The title comes from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. The work alternates settings of the Great War poets, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Charles Hamilton Sorley and Edward Thomas with sections from the Requiem Mass – from an opening ‘Dies Irae’ (‘percussive and violent’) to a ‘Pie Jesu’, the final moments bringing no easy resolution. Concepts not normally associated with Corp the composer are to the fore: anger, desolation, a sense of the grotesque. He adds a third trumpet to the orchestra to create fanfares conjuring angels, calls to arms, calls to ‘common sense’ and fantastical other-worldly ceremonies.
The work was a commission of Highgate Choral Society who first performed it in 1989. Most recently it was performed in the Royal Festival in June 2011 as part of a concert celebrating the 60th Birthday of the composer.
The above excerpts are from the 2011 recording featuring baritone, Mark Stone, The London Chorus, Highgate Choral Society, New London Children’s Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.