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by Patrick J. Burns (Grade 5, 11:00)


The title of each movement is based on a short but heartfelt sentiment expressed from one individual to the Creator. The first movement, “Good morning guv’nor and thank you” is a hospital porter’s prayer which offers thanks for the day which is about to begin. The music is relentless in its energy and is resolute and serious in character. By the end of the movement, the sun has risen and the challenges of the day can begin. The second movement, “Let thy spirit be my sail” – a line taken from a longer prayer from the New Hebrides islands, Northeast of Australia – is, by far, the most introspective movement of the three. Most of this music is quiet and pensive, though there are dramatic dynamic swells and more outward emotion. These elements (and others) work together to create an impression of a human spirit being guided by an invisible hand. The final movement, “For all that shall be – Yes!”, is taken from the diary of Dag Hammarskjold, former Secretary General of the United Nations, whose unrelenting spirit of optimism and devotion to his faith served him well as he worked tirelessly to bring peace to war-torn areas all over the world.

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