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Anti-War oratorios

Looking for other anti-war oratorios.  Can you help?
I have the following:
F.J.Haydn  -  Messe in tempore belli  (Paukenmesse)  (1796)
Ralph Vaughan Williams  - DONA NOBIS PACEM    (1936)
Michael Tippett -  A CHILD OF OUR TIME   (1944)
Benjamin Britten - WAR REQUIEM   (1962)
can you add to this list?
Bing Vick
Replies (17): Threaded | Chronological
on August 14, 2014 11:45am
Bing Vick is seeking anti-war oratorios, aside from Haydn, Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Britten.
Honegger, Cris du monde
Milhaud, Pacem in terris
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
on August 14, 2014 3:37pm
Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" is excellent. We did it this past Spring; the singers, the orchestra, and the audience were enthusiastic and very moved by it. Of course, it's not an oratorio, but it's not technically a mass, either. Thirteen movements: one in French ("L'homme arme' "), one in Arabic (Muslim Call to Prayer: solo), four in Latin (Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei), and the rest in English: a Psalm, a few English poets, a translation from a Hindu text, and a translation from a Japanese poem about Hiroshima. Very effective.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on August 15, 2014 5:02am
Requiem for Peace by Larry Nickel, published by Cypress Music Publishing, Vancouver.  Great piece!
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 15, 2014 5:32am
I have written a "Mass of Peace", and would be happy to send PDF's and recordings from the premiere. Valerie Crescenz
on August 15, 2014 5:37am
I have a four mvt "Mass for the Children of War" for SATB chorus, piano, and strings
at It features a digital recording if JFK in the third number. I have some demo recordings. 
on August 15, 2014 6:15pm
Miguel Roig-Francoli wrote a Missa Pro Pace for chorus and strings a few years back. You can contact him directly for more information.
on August 18, 2014 2:48pm
Hi Bing,
My "Dreams of the Fallen," scored for piano, chorus, and orchestra, explores the impact war has on an individual. You can learn more on this website. Here are audio excerpts from the work:
All best,
Jake Runestad, composer
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 19, 2014 6:08am
I hope what I write is not viewed as just a quibble.  In preparation for conducting Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem in 2012, I exchanged correspondence with Hugh Cobbe, Director of The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.  He was quite clear, and it was important to him that I understand, that this work is a prayer for peace and not an anti-war work.  Mr. Cobbe shared with me letters written by Vaughan Williams at the time of the work's composition to bring home this point and he expressly approved the following which I wrote in the program notes:
"The lyrics of the work, selected by Vaughan Williams, are texts from the Latin Mass, Walt Whitman, the Bible, and a 19th-century political speech by John Bright.  The movements, performed without breaks, are a powerful anthology meditating on war and its consequences and impacts.  We should not interpret the work, though, as a demand for England to stay out of war.  From surviving letters, it is clear Vaughan Williams was not a pacifist.  Dona Nobis Pacem is a lament, a repeat of humankind’s centuries-old prayer for peace."
A difference without distinction?  I think not.  Vaughan Williams volunteered to fight in World War I, initially eschewing an officer position (which he warranted as a result of his priviledged position) to be an ambulance driver.  The drums of war that were beating in Europe when he composed Dona Nobis Pacem certainly saddened Vaughan Williams.  But he fully supported the need for England to again wage war against Germany.  He understood war was necessary to protect England.
David Spitko, Artistic Director
The Choristers
Applauded by an audience of 3
on August 23, 2014 10:24am
Not a quibble, but a matter of semantics.
Dona Nobis Pacem is "pro peace".
Since war is the opposite of peace,    pro-peace is anti-war.
Perhaps I should tltle my study "pro peace oratorios"      (to me, the underlying meaning is pretty much the same--- I do not call this group of compositions "pacificist music" )
I don't dispute what you wrote, nor that Vaughan Williams served in WWI  and understood defending England.
However,   I think what he THOUGHT was that all nations should seek Peace and avoid war if possible.
appreciate the note
on August 20, 2014 2:52am
Battle Hymns by David Lang for two SSAATTBB choruses, SSAA children's choir and dancers.  Text based on US Civil War letters from soldiers to loved ones and texts from Stephen Foster songs.  Monumental work that, when fully staged, is deeply moving and impactful.  Premiered in 2013. 
on August 20, 2014 3:17am
I Dream of Peace by Roger Jäger for SA children's choir and orchestra.  Text based on poems written by Bosnian children living through the Balkan wars during the 1990s.  Published by Hal Leonard.  Premiered in 1998.
on August 20, 2014 10:00am

Quaker Peace Testimony composed by Jack Curtis Dubowsky.

For SATB choir. Choral. Contemporary. Advanced. Octavo. Composed 2005.

8 pages. Duration 3:40. Published by De Stijl Music (D1.SM-05-0001).

George Fox and the Quakers wrote this pacifist manifesto to King Charles II in 1660. Harmonically rich, angular, and complex.

There are settings available for SATB a capella, SATB with Piano, TTBB, Solo voice, chorus and orchestra. (Click through links to find all the versions.)
on August 21, 2014 3:36am
"HOPE" by Philip Stopford is a setting of lines written at the first anniversary of 9/11
"When sudden terror tears apart
The world we thought was ours..................."
with words from the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi "Where there is despair, let us bring Hope........"
It is set for Soprano Solo, Chorus, two organs and bass drum and lasts just 6' 30".
Published by Ecclesium
on August 21, 2014 6:32am
Hi Bing,  My "If Ever There Is," is not an oratorio, but it does have a powerful anti-war text by poet Robert Creeley. Score and recording here:
SATB, a cappella, duration 5 minutes
on August 21, 2014 8:38am
Please consider La remontée des cendres by Frank Ferko (2004), for mixed chorus, countertenor and soprano soloists and instrumental ensemble, on texts by Tahar Ben Jelloun, commissioned by the VU-Kamerkoor, Amsterdam, Boudewijn Jansen, conductor; first performed on May 14, 2005 at Geertekerk, Utrecht, and May 20, 2005 at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Ordering information and program notes by the composer appear below.

ECS Publishing Catalog Number 6557 La remontée des cendres (Full score), FERKO, Frank, (S & c-t. soli, SATB [divisi], chamber ensemble), [Secular]
ECS Publishing Catalog Number 6558 La remontée des cendres (Parts), FERKO, Frank, (S & c-t. soli, SATB [divisi], chamber ensemble), [Secular]
ECS Publishing Catalog Number 6556 La remontée des cendres (Piano/Vocal rehearsal score), FERKO, Frank, (S & c-t. soli, SATB [divisi], chamber ensemble)
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on August 24, 2014 6:14pm
These require significant forces, which I hope you will have:
Harry Somers - A Thousand Ages  (9 min)
Reconcilliation - Stephen Chatman (short TTBB but fits the program, 4 min) 
Bramwell Tovey - Requiem For A Charred Skull  (31 min)
Christos Hatzis - Wormwood  (54 min)
on August 25, 2014 7:26am
Thanks to all for these suggestions.        Amazing that CHORAL MUSIC is such an important and effective way to express "pro Peace"   and "against war and violence" across the world.
My project is centered on choral-orchestral music - "oratorio, mass, requiem" compositions.    There are many, many choral works, short with accompaniment or unaccompanied.
My focus is the larger settings.
Thanks for your interest.      
cheers to all as a new "musical year" begins
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