Flanders Fields

Commissioned in 2014 by the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band, Flanders Fields was composed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I or the Great War.

Flanders Fields is a reflective work, using a chorale as the basis of its musical content but infuses the recognisable sounds of bugle calls and marching drums to convey the impression of a conflict rather than depicting a specific battle or combat scene.

The work opens with narration, an extract of a personal letter from a father to his son, which was provided by a member of the Scout Band.  Further narration appears later in the work which uses verse from John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields written on the front-line in 1915.

This is the scout bands performance of Flanders Fields on You Tube


Difficulty: Intermediate

Duration 00:07:20

Available from: Yewden Music 2015