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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The Angel of Death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings. There is no one as of old…to sprinkle with blood the lintel and the side-posts of our doors, that he may spare and pass on.

— John Bright