Overview[ edit ] In addition to extracts from the Ordinary of the Mass , the text incorporates words from other religious and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer , the Bible e. Writers whose words appear in the work include Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Lord Tennyson , and Sankichi Toge , who survived the Hiroshima bombing but died some years later of leukaemia. The Armed Man charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; shows the horrors that war brings; and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium, when "sorrow, pain and death can be overcome". This is followed by the eerie silence of the battlefield after action, broken by a lone trumpet playing the Last Post. Jenkins wrote an Agnus Dei setting for choir a cappella based on the material from the Agnus Dei from the mass, basically assigning the chords of the accompaniment to divided male voices. By March it had already seen performances worldwide.
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His mother was Swedish, and his father was Welsh. Jenkins received his initial musical instruction from his father, who was the local schoolteacher, chapel organist and choirmaster. He attended Gowerton Grammar School. Jenkins also won the miscellaneous musical instrument section as he did the following year. Soft Machine was voted best small group in the Melody Maker jazz poll of Jenkins composed most of the tracks on Seven and nearly all of the tracks on the subsequent three albums.
After Mike Ratledge left the band in , Soft Machine did not include any of its founding members, but kept recording on a project basis with line-ups revolving around Jenkins and drummer John Marshall. Jenkins has created advertising music, twice winning the industry prize in that field. He composed a classical theme used by De Beers diamond merchants for their television advertising campaign focusing on jewellery worn by people otherwise seen only in silhouette.
Jenkins later included this as the title track in a compilation called Diamond Music , and eventually created Palladio , using it as the theme of the first movement.
Other arrangements have included advertisements for the Renault Clio. As a composer, his breakthrough came with the crossover project Adiemus. The Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary album topped the classical album charts. It spawned a series of successors, each revolving around a central theme. In Jenkins released a tribute song for the Winter Olympics , performed by his new age music group also called Adiemus. On the record the London Symphony Orchestra is joined by different vocal forces including Rundfunkchor Berlin , the City of Birmingham Youth Chorus, and the strong " The Really Big Chorus " made up of members of UK choirs from across the country brought together in one day, in one studio, to contribute to two movements on the album.
The album was released on 26 March Jenkins conducted from the podium, and John H. Briggs, Sr. A compilation CD Still with the Music was also released in September , coinciding with the publication of his autobiography of the same name.
The concert was broadcast the following evening on S4C and was released as an album by Deutsche Grammophon. He has been made both a fellow and an associate of the Royal Academy of Music , and a room has been named in his honour.
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