No Man's Land

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The In Flanders Fields series

In Flanders Fields is a series of poignant and evocative choral works with a theme of reconciliation and remembrance, set to iconic texts by John McCrae and Rupert Brooke.

'No Man's Land' for double bass and piano was composed to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War and in memory of David's grandfathers, both of whom fought in the conflict.

The simple chordal accompaniment is reminiscent of a repeated tolling bell against which the solo line plays a poignant melodic line of yearning loss. A hint of gunfire eventually falls away into a repeated two note pattern which gradually fades away into nothingness.

"When I was writing the piece I had a picture in my mind of the devastation of No Man's Land in front of me, in black and white, and the stillness and silence are depicted by the slowly moving chordal accompaniment. The solo double bass is almost an onlooker or observer who comments, with both sorrow and anger, at the sheer waste of human life and the brutality of 'a war to end all wars', and still we don't learn."

'No Man's Land' was premiered at St Thomas Church (Mamhead, Devon) on 13 June 2014 by David Heyes (double bass) and David Haines (piano).

'No Man's Land' received its American premiere on Monday 1 December 2014 at Black Mountain Center (Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA) by David B. Teague (double bass) and Kathy Wallace (piano).

"No Man's Land is a brilliant piece." [Nick Merriam]

The guitar part is transcribed by Roy Hagen.

See http://contrabassconversations.com/2016/10/24/264-david-heyes-leaving-legacy/

Cat No. RM1123
Supplier Code RM1123
Price £8.50
ComposerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Guitar
SeriesIn Flanders Fields
Difficulty level7 - 8
Weight 109 grams
Published 16th November 2020
Availability 6 in stock
See also...
RM731  No Man's Land (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM1062  No Man's Land (DOUBLE BASS QUINTET)