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BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

Luke Dorr, Cam­bridge, NY, US

I have been lis­ten­ing to James Whit­bourn’s An­nelies, a modern choral mas­ter­piece that is timely and chill­ing when placed in the con­text of our cur­rent world sit­u­a­tion. Not un­like Ralph Vaughan Wil­liams’s 1930s Dona no­bis pacem, which drew upon Whit­man’s po­etic lament of the US Civil War to warn about fu­ture wars, this piece takes The Di­ary of Anne Frank to alert us to the hor­rors of war and hu­man­ity’s end­less pen­chant to de­monise oth­ers and then abuse them. Prophecy comes to us through many voices, and com­posers are cer­tainly among the most elo­quent.

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