II. In Flanders Fields
For SATB Choir, Flute, Bells, and Piano  (5:00)

Gladde Music Publications
Choral Score (GMP0204) - $1.95
Instrumental Parts (Flute, Bells) (GMP0204X) - $9.00

Jointly commissioned by the Fresno State Chamber Singers and Chico State Chamber Singers of California State University....
a dramatic, powerful choral statement about the anger and chaos of war!

 

The poem, In Flanders Fields, was written in 1915 by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian officer who died in 1918 of pneumonia while serving in the medical corps. This poem is considered one of the most memorable war poems ever written.  McCrae died in the battlefields of France, only months before the war ended.

 

 

 
The mood of the music captures the sadness of the poem.  Instrumental devices in the flute and bells are used to enhance images suggested by the words of the poem.  The flute employs a haunting flutter-tonguing in its low register as well as pitch-bending.  The bowing of Crotales adds an eeriness to the texture.

 

UK Radio Broadcast

England's radio host Philip Knighton has broadcast Brad Nelson's "In Flanders Fields" throughout the world from Taunton, Somerset in the United Kingdom!

See also:
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
   I. Anthem For Doomed Youth
   II. In Flanders Fields   
   III. Agnus Dei ( Streaming video!)

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Practice Recordings

  • Each midi-recording below provides the designated voice part played firmly on the piano while the remaining parts play quietly in the background.

  • When playback begins - click once on the musical score. You can then scroll down to follow your part in the score.

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

 

In the poet's own handwriting...


 

World Premiere Performance!
The Fresno State and Chico State Chamber Singers of California State University
Dr. Anna Hamre and Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell, Directors
Anna Hamre, Conductor
Fresno Press Release                                                       Chico Press Release
Chico Enterprise-Record article

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Notable Performance!
November 14, 2013 - Broadcast throughout the world from Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom.  Click here for more information.

Special Note!
Featured in the COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY READING SESSION at the 2009 ACDA National Convention - Oklahoma City, OK

 

Also....
Included in the Choral Reading Session at the 2009 California Association for Music Education (CMEA) - Ontario, CA

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