[Sound recording] The Battle Eve

Accession Number AWM2018.404.75
Collection type Sound
Measurement 6 min 17 sec
Object type Digital audio file
Physical description wave
Maker Hicks, Alan
Latham, Chris
Goodwin, Andrew
Hidden, David
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, North Shore, Narremburn
Date made 2018
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use, permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use
Source credit to Latham, Chris

Recording of the duet titled "The Battle Eve", created as part of the Music and the First World War project. Lyrics written by G W Southey with music composed by Theo Bonheur, pseudonym of Charles Rawlings. Produced by Chris Latham, with Andrew Goodwin and David Hidden as vocalists and Alan Hicks on piano. This recording was made at Flat Rock Studios, Sydney, on 15 August 2018. These works were performed in the spirit of the time with some changes made for the modern ear.

Chris Latham, producer of this recording, notes: 'This genre is curious because it is a bit more arty than you would expect. There is possibly a quote from Wagner near the beginning. This is the best of the propaganda songs. It is a big song that lasts for six minutes with elements of opera and lots of light and shade. This song is quite surprisingly pleasing with the reflective passages that then turn a corner and the song turns into a march. I think the technical term for this type of song is a barn burner.'

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