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My Boy Jack

My Boy Jack

Product Number: 1.3429*

Composer: White, David Ashley

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1.3429 My Boy Jack
file_1.3429-E My Boy Jack (Downloadable)
*Downloadable choral octavo minimum order quantity is 6.


The great English author, Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936), wrote the poem My Boy Jack during the early years of World War I. The poem quickly came to be identified as Kipling’s lament over the death of his son John, who was killed during the Battle of Loos in France in 1915. However, it is just as likely that the poem is a tribute to all who were lost during The Great War, and to those who mourned them. In this setting, the composer casts the forlorn questioner not as one person--a grieving parent--but rather as a mixed solo quartet, representing everyone. The harmonic language in the poem’s first three stanzas is intended to portray the sorrow and angst that Kipling’s words so effectively convey. In the last stanza, however, the tone of the poem suddenly changes, becoming more positive and resolute: "Then hold your head up all the more, this tide, and every tide…" To reflect this shift, the setting uses a quasi-English folksong style, one that is more lyrical and direct. Duration: 3:30

Additional Information

Product Number 1.3429*
Composer/Arranger White, David Ashley
Text Author Kipling, Rudyard
Voicing & Instruments SATB Soli, SATB Chorus unaccompanied
Topics (Secular) Death/Loss/Remembrance/Afterlife
Difficulty Moderately Difficult
Language of Text English
Historical Period 21st Century
Recording Credits Recorded by the Composers Choir. Used by permission.
Publisher Galaxy Music Corporation

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