Year of composition
Raymond Lukens
Difficult (Grades 7+)
7 minutes
Classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available
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The principle difficulty with this song presumably lies in accepting the premise as tragic. Indeed, this term may be too strong for the emotion here. Nonetheless, in working on it, I found myself moved to great compassion for these characters and their pitiful situation. Expending such compassion is at once a protest against the disgusting militarism that once more holds sway in the U.S., and equally against the repulsive, stupid puritanism that has also revived itself, unfortunately.

Though I view it as a work in progress, I dedicate it to two great composers and esteemed friends, Jane Gardner and Rod Moulds. For some real Lieder, see Jane's and Rod's!

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