Sing Me at Midnight
five songs for baritone and piano

John Greer
John Greer
Date de composition : 1993
Durée: 00:15:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards


Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Baryton
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Notes de programme :
The British poet Wilfred Owen (pictured below as an Officer Cadet, July, 1916)
was born in 1893. After briefly working as a lay assistant in the Evangelical parish of
Dunsden and as a teacher, with the increasing demand for young soldiers in World War
I, joined the Artists’ Rifles. Within half a year he was deployed as a commissioned
officer in the Manchester Regiment. He was killed in military service near Ors, France
at the height of his creative powers, seven days before the signing of the Armistice that
ended the war. He is best remembered for his large and profoundly eloquent and
compassionate body of poetry directly inspired by his experience in the trenches, but
throughout his life he wrote many other lyric or love poems of a much more intimate
nature. Many were in sonnet form inspired by Shakespeare and Owen’s beloved Keats.
It is in these works that he expressed his most personal thoughts bravely and candidly
and they are the inspiration for Sing Me at Midnight.

The five poems chosen form a loose narrative and are linked musically with recurring motifs and textures. The well-known hymn tune St. Anne, associated annually with Remembrance Day in Canada (Nov. 11), makes a comforting appearance the walking bass line of the chorale that concludes Anthem for Doomed Youth. If desired and available, three singers (SMT) or a small chorus can quietly sing or intone this hymn from the wings, the sides of the stage or even front of the audience according to the page that follows this song in the score.


  • Cote:
  • MV 1101 G816si
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • December 20, 2012
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • 1 score (29 p.) ;
    29 pages
    Hauteur: 28 cm
    Largeur: 22 cm
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :

  • I. How so I Love Thee?
    II. Three Rompers
    III. Anthem for Doomed Youth
    IV. Maundy THursday
    V. Song of Songs
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