Anthem For Doomed Youth (James Crawford)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-08)  CPDL #62748:           
Editor: James Crawford (submitted 2021-02-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Anthem For Doomed Youth
Composer: James Crawford
Lyricist: Wilfred Owen

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2021
Description: This song joins a group of 7 solo songs all based on poems written by Wilfred Owen. The reflective mood and relatively straightforward piano and vocal parts make this song more accessible to a wider performance group than some of the others that require a practised facility from either pianist or singer or both.

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Original text and translations

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What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, -
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hand of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.