Classical notes: Armed Man makes a welcome visit to Ireland

The Armed Man is a musical phenomenon: although based generally on the structure of the Catholic Mass, its universal anti-war message has transcended religious beliefs to ensure it worldwide popularity in performance and CD sales.

16th April, 2011

Welsh composer Karl Jenkins wrote the work on commission for the Millennium celebrations in 2000 and dedicated it to the victims of the Kosovo conflict. Ironically, its premiere took place the day before the September 11 attacks in the US, a day which reopened historical wounds in Christian-Muslim relations. The title of the work comes from a 15th-century French folk song, L’homme Arme ,which Jenkins uses as a link between past and present, while also...

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