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Catalogue No: M060124341
ISMN: 9790060124341
Shop Product Code: 253884M
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ISBN: 978-0-85162-696-3

Status: Usually despatched within 24 - 48 hours

Department: Choral - Choral Vocal Score

Instrumentation: (Vocal Score)

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)

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The Peacemakers sets words of peace from iconic, world-changing figures such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, along with other inspirational quotations of Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Anne Frank and the Dalai Lama.

Also included are religious texts from the Bible, the Qur’an, St Francis of Assisi and Bahá’u’lláh, and the poetry of Shelley, Malory, Terry Waite and Carol Barratt. One line from the Persian mystic poet Rumi sums up the ethos of the work: "All religions, all singing one song: Peace be with you".

Scored for soprano solo, SATB chorus, optional SSA chorus, flute, guitar (acoustic, classical or fretless bass), strings & percussion, with optional soprano saxophone, brass, timpani, solo violin and organ/electronic keyboard. English & Latin text, with ‘peace’ in many languages. Duration: 70 minutes.

Performance materials available on hire. Recorded on EMI CD 50999 0 84378 2 2. Duration: 70'


Contents and Reviews

- Text
- Scoring
- Performance notes
- First recording details

The Peacemakers - Part I
Blessed are the peacemakers
- Fanfare
- Peace, peace!
- I offer your peace
- Inner peace
- Healing Light: a Celtic prayer
- Evening Prayer

Intermezzo: Solitude (optional voices tacet)

The Peacemakers - Part II
Fiat pax in virtute tua
- He had a dream (Elegy for Martin Luther King Jr)
- The Dove
- The Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
- One Song
- Let there be justice for all
- Dona nobis pacem
- Anthem: Peace, triumphant peace

"I was in a large chorus that just performed this oratorio last weekend. I have been singing choral music for the past 50 years, and without doubt, this is the most beautiful, inspiring, moving piece I have ever performed. It is written in 17 movements, varying in tone from serene to nearly bombastic! The music ranges from harmonic to dissonant in places; the words are so inspiring that it was difficult for me to maintain my emotional composure throughout the performance, even though I had heard the CD and rehearsed the number countless times. Performing this composition was undoubtedly the highlight of my entire singing experience. I cannot recommended it highly enough! Karl Jenkins is a genius of composition."

Rating:    9/27/2013 By: Robert Doyal