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Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) 2018 - Composers Forum II

by The Walden School

Our Father and our king, Hear our voice, We have sinned before you. Have compassion upon us, And upon our children. Our Father and king, Hear our voice. Bring an end to pestilence, Famine and war. Our Father and king, Hear our voice. Our Father and our king, We have sinned against you. Our Father and our king, Hear our voice. Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav’nly hosts; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Eternal are thy mercies Lord, And truth eternal is thy word; Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore, ‘Til suns shall rise and set no more. Om, Shanti, Shanti, May there be peace in Brahman. May there be well-being in all, In the water, In the plants, In the trees. May there be peace in the various worlds. Om, Shanti, Shanti, May all become happy, May all be free from illness, And see what is auspicious, And no one suffer. Om, Shanti, Shanti, I bear witness, Oh my God, And to worship Thee I testify, At this moment, To my powerlessness and to Thy might, To my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, The help in peril, The self-subsisting. God answers peace. From Avinu Malkeina, Christian Doxology, and Bahá’í Short Obligatory Prayer (Adapted by Kevin Becker)
Narrator: Assisi, Umbria: About the year 1203. The symbol of Assisi is the lion. Whoever has a pretty wife sings; He who has little money counts his coins. Once a sin is pardoned, the priest is soon forgotten. Priests and friars—like chickens—are never satisfied. When beggars pass by, We can smell it. For sure, only crazy people live in the next town. Umbrian aphorisms translated and adapted by Philip Ellis Foster
Will: This is Will O'Smiley in the war zone Reporting to you live. In life or death situations I know just how to survive. Despite the death and destruction, We're tough, we won't give in. We always fight to the end, boys, We always have our win. Chorus: If that's the way you feel, Let's see you walk the walk. You're a weakling, you're a coward, All you do is talk! Will: I've seen combat situations since nineteen <cough> <cough> four, Vietnam, Korea and China, makes you wonder what it's for. Revolutionaries and rebels we know just how to rout, But the enemy we're fighting now could wipe us humans out. Chorus: We agree with your assessment, We anticipate the worst; But when they come to get us We hope they get you first! These creatures are inhuman, they don't care about civilization. Our weapons cannot hurt them, they are bent on world domination. Will: I'm not easily shocked; I've seen a lot in my time, But this will go down in history as the greatest war crime. It's certainly not the first time I've thought that I was dead. As the death rays cut through buildings, I'm filled with terrible dread. Chorus: There will be no peace treaty; these monsters can't even speak. We will all be crushed like ants by the middle of the week!


Composers Forum II

Christopher Theofanidis, moderator
Osnat Netzer, co-moderator

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall
Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire

This composers forum was dedicated to Peter M. Christie & Joan Corwin.


released October 23, 2018


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The Walden School Dublin, New Hampshire

Founded in 1972, the Walden School is an acclaimed summer music school and festival, offering programs that emphasize creativity through musicianship, improvisation, and composition. Our programs include the Young Musicians Program (9-18) and the Creative Musicians Retreat (18+). Set in beautiful New Hampshire, Walden provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. ... more

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