mixed chorus, piano (1995) 2′
lyrics by Siegfried Sassoon
published by G. Schirmer Inc.
recorded by the Harmonium Choral Society, Cantare del Cantare, private issue
recorded by Voices of Kentuckiana, Hand in Hand, private issue
- commissioned by Luke Shwart for the Rocky Mountain Singers (Calgary)
Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing is a fanfare-like setting of a celebratory text by Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon was associated with a group of British WW I pacifist poets, and this poem projects imagery of liberation and celebration at the conclusion of the war. My choral setting likewise projects this imagery through compositional devices such as text painting.