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First movement of Alex Freeman's Under the arching heavens: A Requiem (2018), Sydämeni laulu (SSSSAAAATTTTBBBB) is composed to text in Finnish by Aleksis Kivi.
Duration: c. 8 minutes. Have a look inside by clicking "sample".
Alex Freeman's Under the arching heavens: A Requiem (2018) was commissioned by Nils Schweckendiek and the Helsinki Chamber Choir to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Finnish civil war. Structured around the Latin liturgy of the mass for the dead, the work has a duration of more than an hour and also incorporates poems in Finnish, Swedish and English, reflecting both the specific reason for the commission and the universality of human suffering caused by war. In the non-liturgical texts chosen by Freeman, birds are a recurring image, as is that of a mother and child. The work ends with lines by Walt Whitman from a poem written in the aftermath of the American Civil War; lines described by the composer as ‘some of the most comforting poetry in the English language.' Also included on the disc is A Wilderness of Sea, another recent choral piece which draws on works by Shakespeare, and the poet's images of the sea, and of mankind's relationship with it. The complete work is available as a printed product (9790550117433).