From ‘War & Peace – Music for Remembrance’ Signum Classics SIGCD328

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  1. Beautiful – as my son was atJesus College when Mark Williams was director of chapel music I well know his abilities in getting the best out of his singers and he certainly does that with sensitivity here.

  2. The text is a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, written in about 1889, not long before his death. He left instructions with his son that this poem should appear last in all publications of his work.
    The poem is an allegory of death – crossing the bar. The Pilot is God.

    "Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!
    And may there be no moaning of the bar,
    When I put out to sea,

    But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
    Too full for sound and foam,
    When that which drew from out the boundless deep
    Turns again home.

    Twilight and evening bell,
    And after that the dark!
    And may there be no sadness of farewell,
    When I embark;

    For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
    The flood may bear me far,
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crost the bar."

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