Movements

Dies Irae is divided into fifteen discrete movements which follow a progression from the initial patriotic enthusiasm of the volunteer through to the confrontation with the fear and loss of warfare. This somewhat abstract narrative arc is framed by two movements, Memorial and Threnody that invoke the liturgical text Requiem aeternam dona eis: "Let them have eternal rest".

1. Memorial: No Man’s Land
In Memoriam (Easter 1915) - Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
Requiem aeternam dona eis - anon.

Baritone
Upper voices, chorus
2. Exhortation
England, To Her Sons - William Noel Hodgson (1893-1916)

Soprano, chorus, lower voices
3. Valediction
Farewell My Own True Love - trad.

Soprano & baritone, chorus
4. March
The Grand Old Duke Of York - trad.
In and Out the Dusty Bluebells - trad.
Media vita in morte sumus - anon.

Upper voices 1
Upper voices 2
Lower voices
5. Invocation
Before Action - William Noel Hodgson (1893-1916)

Baritone, lower voices
6. Hymn
In the midst of earthly life - Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)
With the strength of thy protecting arm - Ian Assersohn

Soprano & baritone, upper voices, chorus, lower voices
7. Foreboding
from I have a rendezvous with death - Alan Seeger (1888–1916)
Kyrie eleison - anon

Baritone
Lower voices
8. Arrival
At once as far as angels ken he views - John Milton (1608 - 1674)
And thus they ope'd the purple testament - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Baritone
Chorus
9. Covenant
Be not afraid for the terror by night - Psalm 91

Soprano, chorus, upper voices
10. Battle
Now storming fury rose - John Milton (1608 - 1674)
Dies irae, dies illa - anon.

Chorus
Lower voices
11. Consolation
He that shall endure to the end shall be saved - St. Matthew
O river of stars and shadows - Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967) (by permission)

Soprano, chorus
Baritone
12. Longing
My bonny lies over the ocean - trad.

Soprano, upper voices
13. Petition
My Boy Jack - Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)

Soprano, chorus
14. Elegy
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun - William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Lower voices (or chorus ad lib.)
15. Threnody
The Dead - Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)
Requiem aeternam dona eis - anon.

Soprano & baritone, upper voices, chorus, lower voices

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