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Threnody to Tommy

In 1969, after having traveled half the world, and after leaving the provincialism of Oklahoma and OBU, and after draft notices started showing up in my mailboxes, I started to become a little more politically active and aware of the world's current situation.
I wrote Threnody to Tommy as a protest to war and a call for peace. The poems for Wilfred Owen are not unknown to lovers of 20th century music. Benjamin Britten used several of the poems in his War Requiem. I use one of those here ("Dulce et Decorum Est"). The name "Tommy" does not reference anyone that I knew.
Threnody to Tommy is in five sections. The opening and closing sections are instrumental only. The middle sections provide a narrator for the poems. The scoring calls for a small chamber orchestra.
This work was performed with myself conducting on four occasions at Eastman School of Music and at the University of Rochester and received much acclaim.
I will soon release a new recording here.

Richard Audd

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