This is an imaginative and accessible setting of Wilfred Owen’s unfinished poem I Know the Music which describes the sounds of the battlefield as musical, a lament for the loss of beauty in a time of unimaginable tragedy. The sounds of bells, bugles and the countryside are brought to life in a work which mirrors both the pain of war and the comfort that music can bring. There are two sections where the soprano solo comes to the fore and the strings provide a programmatic backdrop.
Commissioned by Aliquando Choir for the town of Henley-on-Thames and the wider community, Patrick composed this for the memory of those who served their country in times of war. I Know The Music was premiered on the 8th of November 2014 in St Mary’s Church in Henley-on-Thames by Aliquando Choir, the Soprano Meryl Davies, West Forest Sinfonia, all conducted by Patrick himself, in the presence of Wilfred Owen’s nephew, Peter Owen.