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WO1 in klassieke muziek

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Cecil Coles (1888-1918)
Music from behind the lines

"Born in Scotland in 1888, Cecil Coles studied composition at Edinburgh University, the London College of Music, and Morley College where he befriended Gustav Holst. He furthered his studies in Stuttgart, and was later appointed assistant conductor at the Stuttgart Royal Opera House. Forced to return to England before the outbreak of the First World War, he signed up for overseas service, and in 1915 was sent to the trenches in France. He continued to compose, including the particularly poignant work Behind the Lines (dated on the manuscript 'Feb 4th 1918, In the Field'). The first movement provides a sketch of a northern French pastoral landscape, the second, a heroic picture of a military funeral procession. Some two months later, aged just 29, the life of this extraordinarily gifted young musician was extinguished.

Coles was killed near the Somme on 26th April 1918 during a heroic attempt to rescue some wounded comrades. He was one of the most talented of the composers who lost their lives in the First World War, yet few remember him now. Thanks to the persistence and research of his daughter Penny Catherine Coles, his manuscripts, some still embedded with shrapnel, have been painstakingly pieced together helping to create this first commercial recording of these, indeed any of his compositions. In the words of the conductor, "this is a most exciting project, musically, socially and historically"."

War's Embers -
A legacy of songs by composers
who perished or suffered in World War I

"Of all the world’s great wars none has been more pointless or more prodigal of human life than that of 1914–1918. Millions of young men, urged on by vainglorious and dunderheaded military commanders, leapt to the slaughter and took with them talents that the world could ill afford to lose. Not least among the wasted lives were those of the little group of English composers whose achievements—considerable or pitiably embryonic as may be—are celebrated in this collection."
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