Mass for the Children of War for SATB Chorus with Soprano Solo, Two Pianos, and Strings is a four part, choral orchestral work that can be performed as a whole or in separate numbers. The Kyrie, Laudate Pueri, and Lux Aeterna utilize the traditional Latin texts. Zeitgeist features excerpts of a digitally altered recording of John F. Kennedy’s speech The President and the Press given before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, 27 April 1961, while the chorus sings a line from the Bhagavad Gita (Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds). For performance considerations, please email josephgstephens(at)yahoo.com.
The empires, governments, and corporations that seek to usher in a New World Order are hell bent on using war as a means to increase wealth and consolidate power, with no regard for those who suffer. This music seeks to shed light on the subject of war, and points to a new day when all wars cease.
Full scores and demo recordings are available on the Choral-Orchestral Works page. Parts available upon request.