Feb 172016
 
Dona Nobis Pacem

Cantabile presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 1936 cantata Dona Nobis Pacem for chorus and orchestra. Written between the two World Wars, with texts from three poems by Walt Whitman, the Bible, and the Catholic Mass, Dona Nobis Pacem is a powerful and moving plea for peace.

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We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health and behold trouble !
The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan ; the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land…and those that dwell therein…
The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved…
Is there no balm in Gilead?; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

— Jeremiah VIIII. 15-22