First performed in 1962 to mark the consecration of the second Coventry Cathedral (the first was destroyed by German bombing in WWII). In this work, Benjamin Brittain combined elements of the Latin Mass with the texts of nine poems by Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action in 1918. Brittain dedicated the piece to four of his friends who had died in WWII.
Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly was a close friend of the poet Rupert Brooke, and a member of Brooke's burial party. Kelly survived the Gallipoli Campaign, but was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 13 November, 1916.
An a cappella setting of English soldier-poet Wilfred Owen's poem "Has your soul sipped". Commissioned and premiered by the Whitman College Chamber Singers (Jeremy Mims, cond.). Duration approx. 6 minutes.
This 1971 song, by the Scottish-Australian singer Eric Bogle, is here covered by the Irish trad-punk band, The Pogues. "Matilda" is Australian slang for the blanket-roll carried by men who roamed the outback.