• Giles Swayne
  • The Dug-out, Op. 2a (1967)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • tpt/org
  • SATB
  • 4 min
  • Siegfried Sassoon
  • English

Programme Note

The Dug-out started life in 1967 as the last song of The Kiss - a cycle of three songs for tenor and piano on poems by Siegfried Sassoon, which I wrote when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge. Forty years later, I was back in Cambridge as Composer-in-residence at Clare College; and in autumn 2007 Tim Brown, Musical Director of Clare, asked me for a choral anthem for the college's Remembrance Sunday Service on 11th November 2007, which was to be broadcast, and whose theme was war poetry in general and Siegfried Sassoon (a former student at Clare) in particular. I made this arrangement of the 1967 song, adding an introduction and epilogue in which a solo trumpet plays The Last Post.

Giles Swayne 2008