Children of Africa (1955) by
Jacqueline Martens (1922-1991)
arranged for concert band, with choral finale:
Hymn of Africa

A musical and musicological gem by a (thoroughly unknown) woman composer, who never aspired to greatness, but whose music has the power to heal severe historical wounds among the killing stops...

Bearing the dedication "to all people of good will", Jacqueline Martens' opera tells of strife, reconciliation, and understanding among people of "the eastern foothills of Africa" - a criminal offense at the time the work was written.

The 12 - minute Suite contains major instrumental excerpts from important sections of the opera, in which every major character is represented instrumentally.

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