1914 (James Crawford)
- Editor: James Crawford (submitted 2020-01-02). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 101 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes:
Composer: James Crawford
Lyricist: Wilfred Owen
Number of voices: 1v Voicing: Baritone solo
Genre: Secular, Art song
First published: 2020 Seven Songs
Description: 1914 is the first of a collection of seven songs based on the poems of Wilfred Owen. It may serve as part of a Remembrance Day event, or a recital or competition. The range of this song would probably best suit a natural baritone voice.
Original text and translations
War broke: and now the Winter of the world
With perishing great darkness closes in.
The foul tornado, centred at Berlin,
Is over all the width of Europe whirled,
Rending the sails of progress. Rent or furled
Are all Art's ensigns. Verse wails. Now begin
Famines of thought and feeling. Love's wine's thin.
The grain of human Autumn rots, down-hurled.
For after Spring had bloomed in early Greece,
And Summer blazed her glory out with Rome,
An Autumn softly fell, a harvest home,
A slow grand age, and rich with all increase.
But now, for us, wild Winter, and the need
Of sowings for new Spring, and blood for seed.