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There Is Another Sky (string orchestra + tubular bells)

Year of composition
2008
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
String orchestra
Instrumental parts
Not available

Composed for the WWI-project of my school.

The Story:

The inspiration came from J.D. Salinger’s famous "The Catcher in the Rye": "and then he asked him who was the best war poet, Rupert Brooke or Emily Dickinson. Allie said Emily Dickinson."

Whilst searching, I stumbled upon the following poem by Emily Dickinson that communicates the unsettling of it all in maybe an even better fashion than McCrae’s "In Flanders Fields".

Here’s the poem (it’s in the public domain):

There is another sky, Ever serene and fair, And there is another sunshine, Though it be darkness there; Never mind faded forests, Austin, Never mind silent fields - Here is a little forest,

Whose leaf is ever green; Here is a brighter garden, Where not a frost has been; In its unfading flowers I hear the bright bee hum: Prithee, my brother, Into my garden come!

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