Scored for baritone (or tenor) solo, mixed choir and orchestra, this work was composed in 1936-37, and sets a utopian and pacifist poem by John Addington Symonds (1840-93): 'Say, heart, what will the future bring / To happier men when we are gone.'
This edition is the latest addition to Boosey & Hawkes' series of organ reductions of choral/orchestral scores (Finzi's Requiem da Camera, For St Cecilia, In terra pax). The reductions broaden the reach of these works to choirs which do not wish to present the works with orchestra, as with other standards from the sacred repertoire such the Requiems of Faurí© and Duruflí©.
The reductions sympathetically recreate the orchestra scoring for a three-manual organ. Ingeniously, the manual couplings (II to III, II and III to I) are unaltered throughout, with pedal coupled to manuals as appropriate. Detailed registrations are not indicated as these are best left to the performer, taking into account the unique circumstances of the particular instrument, size of choir and acoustic setting at each performance.