though poppies grow

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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.


'though poppies grow' was awarded 2nd Prize in Recital Music's 2011 Choral Music Competition. Echoes of Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen can be discerned in this atmospheric and evocative choral piece, full of beautiful imagery and poignancy. The simple but effective piano accompaniment underpins a work of great quality and imagination.

Josh Hummel writes: 'It's always difficult to create a new setting of a beloved piece of poetry, trying to capture afresh the essence of a great work. This new setting of 'In Flanders Fields' sets a mood of peacefulness and remembrance, of simplicity and fragility. Beneath a haunting chorus, the piano pulses with a simple, steady beat, gently marching through the 'row on row' of crosses in Flanders fields. The Dead sing above the march, reminiscing and charging the living to remember them, to take up their cause, to maintain faith with them, to let them sleep among the poppies in the knowledge that their deaths were not in vain.'


Born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, Josh Hummel began his musical training at the age of six. He studied piano at Bob Jones University in the studios of Lawrence Morton and Dr. Susan Kindall, studied theory and composition with Dr. Mark Parker, Joan Pinkston and Dr. Dwight Gustafson and earned a B.Mus in 2002. In 2006, he earned an M.A. in Fine Arts from Bob Jones with a dramatic production concentration.
In 2004, he won first place in the Soundforth Publications Composition Competition, in 2007 had a collection of Christmas chamber music published by Soundforth. In the summer 2009, he received an honorable mention from the ESOTERICS International Choral Composition Competition in Seattle for three of his choral works and won first place in the Specturm Singers 30th Anniversary Choral Composition Competition. He has been commissioned by the New England Girls Choir for their 2009 concert season and tour of Williamsburg, VA, and for the Christmas season concert series of 2010. The University "Jurja Dobrile" in Pula, Croatia commissioned a work in 2009 for bayan quintet. The No Borders Quartet commissioned a chamber work which was performed throughout Italy in 2009 and presented throughout the Northeast and Colorado, spring 2010. Most recently Josh was awarded the Frederick Fennel Prize from ASCAP/CBDNA for the best original score for concert band and the Leonard Bernstein Award.
Josh is currently an adjunct professor of humanities at Capital Community College and a private piano and composition instructor. He has received private composition instruction from composers Robert Beaser, Nancy Galbraith, Monica Lynn and soprano, Patrice Michaels, and participated in Master Classes with pianist, Matthew McCright, and composer, Chen Yi.
Josh is the composer for Colors in Motion, an arts collective in Cambridge, MA, and owns Sinensis Music, a composition studio in Hartford, CT.
Josh completed his MMus in composition in 2010 from the Hartt School of Music having studied with Robert Carl, Kenneth Steen and Larry Alan Smith.


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12 pages / A4 format / Paperback
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Cat No. RM470
Supplier Code RM470
Price £2.50
ComposerJosh Hummel
WordsJohn McCrae
CategoryChoral (mixed Voices)
SeriesIn Flanders Fields
ISMN 979-0-57045-470-9
EAN-13 9790570454709
Weight 32 grams
Published 12th December 2011
Availability 61 in stock