Attack - Siegfried Sassoon (scored)




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Published on Feb 16, 2014

Anti-War-Song based on the poem by Siegfried Sassoon.
The original Version is part of my Requiem "Der unbekannte Krieg" (2009-2010). I arranged it for Piano & Soprano in late 2013.

Piano & Scoring: Carsten Braun

Featuring original film footage from World War I


Siegfried Sassoon - "ATTACK"

At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun.
In the wild purple of the glow'ring sun,
Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud.

The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,
Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.
The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowed
With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,
Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire.

Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear,
They leave their trenches, going over the top,
While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists,
And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists,
Flounders in mud. O Jesus, make it stop!


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