The Journey Home Album

The Journey Home Album

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Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, this album tells the story of men and women who must find their way back home, literally and figuratively. While most of the music is directly related to World War I, its themes are universal, reaching as far back as Homer’s Odyssey. “Armistice: The Journey Home” features music from Schubert’s Der Wanderer and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel and popular WWI era tunes by Oley Speaks and Irving Berlin. This album is a companion to Brancy and Dugan’s critically acclaimed “A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song,” which commemorated the centennial of the beginning of World War I and the Christmas Truce of 1914.

This album also features music by Gustav Holst, Pete Seeger, Rudi Stephan, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Ivor Novello. The duo will also present original works by Leonardo Dugan’s of his setting of Alan Seeger's haunting World War I poem, “I Have a Rendezvous With Death.” and a brand new setting of the famous John McCrae poem "In Flanders Fields". Alan Seeger, a New Yorker who joined the French Foreign Legion when war was declared in Europe in 1914, made him one of the first Americans to fight in it. He was killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, almost a year before the U.S. entry into the war. Brancy and Dugan write, “In this song, the soldier’s thoughts are bittersweet with memories of love and springtime, even as he comes to terms with his own mortality in an eerily resolute premonition of his death on the battlefield.” Alan Seeger’s nephew Pete Seeger was the famous folk singer, whose famed anti-war song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” is also on the program. Leonardo Dugan, who composed this setting of “I Have a Rendezvous With Death” is Peter Dugan’s brother.