A Soldier’s Peace

A Soldier’s Peace is a simple song for unison or 3-part choir and piano accompaniment paying tribute to Remembrance Day, with a nod to Ives in the descant. The optional 3-part harmonization is divisible between any combination of treble, men’s, or mixed voices, making it a flexible choice for elementary and intermediate ensembles.

  • duration: 2′15″
  • range: 9th above C
  • instrumentation: voice (unison, SSA, SAB, TTB), piano

A Soldier’s Peace was first performed by Sir Winston Churchill High School Choir in Calgary, Alberta on Remembrance Day, 2016 November 11. If you are interested in performing this song, please contact me here.

Text authored by myself is as follows:

A Soldier’s Peace
There’s no fear like a mother’s fear
For her child’s departing day,
There’s no pain like a mother’s pain
When her child is torn away.
There’s no pride like a father’s pride
For the fame his child has won,
There’s no joy like a father’s joy
When his child is safely home.
When all that’s pure turns fire and ash,
Then the verdicts of war are passed:
To make gain through a mother’s pain
For her child who’s cruelly slain.
There’s no love like a soldier’s love
For the home they left behind,
There’s no peace like a soldier’s peace
When laid rest a final time.
When all that’s pure turns fire and ash,
Then the verdicts of war are passed:
To make peace through a soldier’s peace
When they’re laid to rest at last.

2016 September 20