Description: The piece is comprised of four main elements: vocal chorus, spoken text, melodic percussion, and non-pitched percussive effects. The spoken text is a popular adaptation of Psalm 23 which is treated freely and recited in both English and German. The melodic percussion is a plucked-string and chime combination instrument (which sounds a bit "gamelan-esque"). And the percussive effects consist of various treatments of the other elements. A fifth element, a pitched white noise instrument with a moving center band width, forms the back drop for the work. As the title implies the work is a lament of war, in which the main elements weave in and out, fighting to gain prominence in the foreground and/or slipping away into the background. The form is basically that of an arch. The first half is dominated by percussive elements. At the top of the arch, vocal elements gradually take over to dominate the second half.
Duration: 5 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: Faustman, Jeffrey, 1959-
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Partner: UNT Music Library